14,450 year old human site discovered in Florida
Marine archaeologists have uncovered a 14, 450 year old mastodon butchering site under a slow moving Florida river. The site contains both fossilized bones that show multiple cuts made by sharp stone tools and some human-made flint blades. This irrefutable discovery permanently ends the long held orthodoxy that mankind did not arrive in the Americas until there was an ice-free land bridge between Siberia and Alaska.
To read more, go to the full article: Florida Mastodon Kill
Almost exactly 20 years ago, I attended a program at the Etowah Mounds Museum, hosted by the Northwest Georgia Archaeological Society. The speaker was a marine archaeologist, employed by the Georgia State Historic Preservation Office, who used the meeting to announce a similar site about two miles off Sapelo Island. The difference was that he had also discovered a complete set of Pre-Clovis tools, made from flint obtained about 100 miles inland on the Altamaha River from the current shoreline. The spear points were quite similar to Solutrean (c. 21,000 BP) found in France and Late Neanderthal (c. 25,000 BP) points found in Southern Spain.
Most of the audience was intrigued by the young man’s presentation and theory that humans, both modern and Neanderthal, had once lived near the section of the Atlantic Coast that is now under water. However, the professional archaeologists in attendance pounced on him verbally as if he was some evil terrorist bent on destroying their perfect world.
The marine archaeologist was so humiliated by the verbal abuse at the meeting and subsequent attacks by the hyper-conservative Georgia Society of Professional Archaeologists that he quit his job. The artifacts that he discovered were the property of the state and quickly disappeared after he was driven out of the region.
What a tragedy for science, when feudal mentalities can destroy a promising career and block the growth of knowledge.
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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history.Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.
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