Prehistoric Knife Rebuts Historical Timeline of Settlers

Thursday, 01 Mar 2012 04:55 PM

By Marti Lotman

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The discovery of an 8-inch prehistoric tapered stone blade has stoked a debate spanning hundreds of years about who the first Americans were and when they got here, The Washington Post reports. Obviously, though, they weren’t the first Americans because their arrival pre-dated the United States by thousands of years.

Archaeologists historically have argued that North America was populated about 15,000 years ago — far before anybody was even around to call it North America. Folks from what eventually became Siberia walked or boated into the area where Alaska is now. Then they traveled southward along the West Coast.

But the stone blade discovered near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay on the East Coast appears to be 22,000 years old, which means that whoever made it beat the West Coast arrivals on this continent.

The blade most likely belongs to Europeans — obviously, pre-Europeans — who came over by boat, arriving on this continent thousands of years ahead of their pre-Siberian counterparts.

“I think it’s feasible,” said Tom Dillehay, archaeologist at Vanderbilt University. “The evidence is building up, and it certainly warrants discussion.”


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Cyber Expert Weisman: Chinese Hacking 'Scares the Hell Out of Me'

Monday, 22 Sep 2014 13:22 PM

Cyber expert Steven J.J. Weisman and Javier Manjarres, managing editor of The Shark Tank Blog, talked to JD Hayworth on  . . .

Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Bills Promoting Electric Car Usage

Monday, 22 Sep 2014 12:10 PM

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed several bills on Sunday intended to boost his state's electric car market, including  . . .

Apple Sells More Than 10 Million IPhones in Debut Weekend

Monday, 22 Sep 2014 09:51 AM

Apple Inc. sold a record of more than 10 million iPhones in the weekend debut of two new models, as consumers flocked to . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved