Archaeology, Science

Did Humans Arrive in Americas 30,000 Years Ago?

16 Oct , 2013  


“Although Christopher Columbus is associated with discovering America, the 15th century explorer actually first set foot upon modern day Haiti and the Dominican Republic. But people were inhabiting both North and South America for thousands of years before Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

Historians commonly believe that humans first crossed to the Americans from Asia 12,000 years ago. But a new exhibit in Brazil features artifacts dating back as far as 30,000 years ago, 18,000 years earlier than previously believed.

100 items including cave paintings and ceramic art depicting animals, hunting expeditions and even sex scenes of the early Americans are on display in Brasilia, Brazil’s capital.

The artifacts were found at the Serra da Capivara national park in Brazil’s northeastern Piaui state, which used to be a popular site for the hunter-gatherer civilization that created the artwork.

“To date, these are the oldest traces of human existence in the Americas,” Franco-Brazilian archaeologist Niede Guidon who has headed a mission to carry out large-scale excavation of Piaui’s interior since the 1970’s told the AFP. “It’s difficult to think there exists a site anywhere with a higher concentration of cave art.”

In addition to the artwork, Guidon said charcoal remains of structured fires found at the site are among other traces of the Serra dwellers.

Some archaeologists disagree with Guidon that a few burnt flakes are not evidence of man-made fire hearths, but rather the remains of a natural stone formation.

However, Guidon contends the primitive civilization’s cave art provides enough evidence of early human activity….”

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Preston has been deeply passionate about Ancient History, the unexplained and alternative world-views throughout his entire life. This eventually led to his doing Anthropology and Science and Technology studies in University, which provided a solid ground for the theoretical aspect of Science and paradigms. Aside from research into the various subjects with Genesis Quest, he is very much interested in 'why' people think they do - or why a certain paradigm has more precedence over another.

1 Response

  1. jaap says:

    Tom Dillehay (the excavator of Monte Verde) found ashes carbon-dated to over 30 kya BP. He dismissed them because they lacked context. Over-cautious? Because of this North-American yapping dog-pack? May well be so: he had a fight to win, not only for himself, but also for his students/assistants. Reasonable then to settle for 14.7, which was a landslide-victory. Guidon had no such qualms, bless her! In an interview (forget where) she said that she will not be surprised when dates like 50 kya, or even far over, will come up.

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