Thursday, September 30, 2021

Acton's Pine Hawk Fall Archaeology Program

Thanks to all who have already registered for the Friends of Pine Hawk fall programs described below. This is a final reminder. All programs are free but do require registration at

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Friday, September 24, 2021

I have a problem with the idea of "The First Americans"

[Not rock pile related]

They talk about "First Americans" as if it was obvious that there was a first time Homo Sapiens stepped onto land of the Americas. It seems to be a persistently pointless discussion that seems to lack the kind of verifiability that is expected of scientific hypotheses. 

For example: it might have been lots of people "stepping" onto America, in different spots, at essentially the same time and, it may not have been Homo Sapiens. 

Update: I was thinking it is a bit like the chicken and the egg: it suggests that there was a "first chicken". Kind of a pointless way to think about the evolution of birds, eggs, and the modern chicken.

Early peopling of the Americas - back now at 23,000 years ago

Finally the "Clovis First" numbskulls have to shut up. Even better, the "Beringian Land Bridge" dopes need to shut up too. 

Fossilized footprints show humans made it to North America much earlier than first thought - CNN

A point I have been trying to drum into the ears of some of my colleagues down on Cape Cod, is that Woods Hole was free of ice before 18 K years ago, and was part of the same landmass that was contiguous with the rest of un-glaciated America. In other words, there were probably people around here in the same time frame as the people who made those footprints.

I call conventional thinkers "numbskulls" because the evidence of man in America at those dates is clear, and all around - in the stone tools one sees - in deep glacial layers in New England, and on the surface in California. And I will say something here that is about as "fringe" as you can get: some of those ancient people were very strong, and probably pretty big. I see axe-like things I can barely lift. 

Update: The point is that with firm dates in the middle of the glaciation, there is no obvious earlier starting point for man in America. The question of timing the first Americans is wide open!