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Russian archaeologists discover Sami Neolithic shrines that look like Bronze Age glyphs and North American sun wheels!

Russian archaeologists discover Sami Neolithic shrines that look like Bronze Age glyphs and North American sun wheels!


Identical structures simultaneously appeared much later on the Peruvian Coast, Crete and southern Greece.

The Sami Stone Labyrnths are in region stolen from Finland during World War II by the Soviet Union.

People of One Fire member, Eric Dunn, sent us links to several articles in Russian anthropological journals, which are astounding.  Links to these articles are listed at the bottom of this article.  Most POOF readers, like myself, can’t read Russian, but the photos speak for themselves.   I did find another Russian anthropological journal, which was translated into English.  Basically, their archaeologists have discovered that the Sami once occupied a vast area of Northern Europe, but were pushed into the northern part of Scandinavia by Finnish peoples during the Late Neolithic Period and Germanic peoples in the Bronze Age.  The Finnish DNA that Sami now carry is a result of admixture, not aboriginal.

These stone spirals and sun circles are a few hundred miles northwest of the region that the worlds leading geneticists at the University of København (Copenhagen) have recently identified as the “birthplace” of the hybrid peoples, some of whom became American Indians. They were the result of inter-breeding between western Asians and Pre-Indo-European occupants of Europe, probably related to the Basques.

When I first befriended genetics expert and POOF co-founder, Ric Edwards, in 2004, he had a heretical idea that would have gotten him laughed out of almost any academic conference.  He believed that all indigenous Americans, except the Inuit, were the descendants of peoples, who evolved in the Americas from peoples, who migrated directly from western Russia over the Arctic Circle.  He thought it was a major mistake by DNA labs to determine a person’s percentage of Native American ancestry by similarity to Siberians.

What’s the latest news?  First, geologists told us that more sophisticated analysis of past climatic and geological changes had indicated that there was NEVER a direct land route from Siberia to southern Canada during the Last Ice Age.   There was a vast region covering the Bering Sea and much of Alaska, which was ice free for 20,000 years during the height of the last Ice Age . . . BUT, there was no gap in the North American Ice Cap during the period when there was a land connection between Siberia and Alaska.  All of the animals from the Americas such as horses and camels, who became Old World animals . . . and all the animals from the Old World, who became American animals such as mammoths, mastodons and pigs . . . crossed over a land bridge between the continents that existed a hundreds thousand years earlier.   In other words . . . Homo Erectus and Denisovan Man could have walked all the way to North America, but Proto-American Indians could not have.

Then, the geneticists in Copenhagen tell us that the ancestors of Native Americans evolved in northwestern Russia from the intermarriage of Neolithic Europeans and western Asians.  Their ancestors migrated from northwestern Russia then mixed in the New World to become American Indians.  They were not closely kin to Eastern Siberians, Han Chinese or Japanese, but more closely related to the Ainu of Hokkaido Island, Japan and some Southeastern Asians.

Because they don’t own either globes or Muskogean dictionaries <joke> archaeology professors immediately then assumed that the proto-Americans hiked 7,000 miles eastward to cross over the land bridge rather than taking the much shorter and warmer route across Scandinavia.  The problem is that there is no genetic or archaeological evidence of the indigenous Americans being in eastern Siberia.  In fact,  no Clovis Points have been found in Alaska.  The Ice Age stone tools and weapons in ice cap-blocked Alaska look like their Siberian counterparts.  The DNA of a couple of Late Ice Age skeletons in Alaska is the same as Siberian counterparts.  In other words, the Siberians did wander back and forth across the dry land during the Ice Age, but there is no evidence that they ever got any farther.

A mysterious aboriginal people in Canada

Dr. Gordon Freeman of the University of Alberta believes that during the Neolithic Period the same peoples lived on both sides of the North Atlantic in Canada and Northwestern Europe.  The strongest support for his theory is that “stonehenges” appeared in Alberta and some parts of eastern Canada about 500 years before they appeared in northwestern Europe.   The spiral sunwheels near Hudson’s Bay and in northeastern Canada are absolutely identical to those created by the Sami.

Inuit hunters in the Canadian Arctic have long told stories about a mysterious ancient people known as the Tunit, who once inhabited the far north. Tunit men, they recalled, possessed powerful magic and were strong enough to crush the neck of a walrus and singlehandedly haul the massive carcass home over the ice.  Yet the stories described the Tunit as a reticent people who kept to themselves, avoiding contact with their neighbors.

Canadian archaeologists have long assumed that the spiral stone structures were created by the earliest wave of Inuit peoples, even though the Inuit said that they were built by the Tunit.  Anthropologists and  archaeologists dismissed the Inuit tradition of the Tunit as laughable mythology.  Four years ago geneticists found profound evidence that backed up the Inuit version of history, but strangely, none of this information has been used to revise the history textbooks that North American students are issued.

In a paper published during 2014 in Science, evolutionary geneticist, Eske Willerslev, and molecular biologist Maanasa Raghave, both of the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, revealed that the earliest inhabitants of the Canadian Arctic . . . group that Canadian archaeologists have long called the “Paleo-Eskimos” . . . lived in isolation from their neighbors for nearly 4,000 years, refraining from any mixture with Native Americans to the south or with the ancestors of the modern Inuit.  They were NOT either Inuits (Paleo-Eskimos) or Native Americans.  This mysterious people completely disappeared about the same time that the Greenland Scandinavian colonies disappeared, and Northwestern Europe was being ravaged by the Bubonic Plague.

Elsewhere, as soon as people meet each other, they have sex,” says Willerslev. “Even potentially different species like Neanderthals [and modern humans] had sex, so this finding is extremely surprising.”


The new study also proposes a previously unknown migration that apparently came across the Arctic Region from Northeastern Russia.  It suggests that the Paleo-Eskimos entered the Arctic some 5,000 years ago. Research by other scientists has shown that the first Americans entered the New World at least 15,500 years ago, and that two smaller migrations of hunter-gatherers followed.  Unlike other indigenous peoples in the Americas, the Inuit are closely related to their cousins across the Bering Sea in Siberia. 

Sami spirals and labyrinths also found in Greece and Crete

Did the Labyrinth Culture spread southward from northern Scandinavia to the northeast Mediterranean Basin or did some Mycenaean Greeks migrate to Lappland during the Neolithic Period?   Sami petroglyphs are identical to those on the island of Crete.  The Sami stone spirals are currently thought by archaeologists to be older than those on Crete, which identical.  In fact, the Neolithic petroglyphic portrayal of labyrinths on Crete literally became the “official state seal” of Minoan Civilization during the Bronze Age.  During the 5th and 6th centuries BC, the petroglyphs above appeared on coins minted at Knossos on the Island of Crete.  You go figure.

A Bronze Age spiral on the island of Crete

Classic Greek literature contains stories that we all learned in elementary school about King Minos and his labyrinth, where the Minotaur monster lived.  Young men and women were led, blind-folded into the center of the labyrinth.  They would be killed and eaten by the Minotaur, if they didn’t figure out a path of escape.

Whatever the direction of cultural ideas and peoples between Lappland and Greece,  these discoveries certainly confuse the analysis of DNA carried by indigenous peoples in the Americas, especially the Uchee of the Southeastern United States, plus the oldest ethnic groups in Peru and Ecuador.  Spiral motifs appeared very early among the peoples of Georgia and Peru.  There are spiral fieldstone shrines in western Peru, which are identical to those in Sami Land.  There well may have been spiral stoneworks in Georgia, which were destroyed by later indigenous immigrants or by white settlers.  Now you know how all those “weird DNA markers” appeared in your DNA test!

To read the articles on the Sami Stone Labyrinths in Russia, go to:


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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.



    Very interesting. Thanks for putting all that information together.

    • You are quite welcome. I get inspired by our contributing world explorers such as yourself.



    Your maritime ancestors were here already when the continental glaciers began to melt but since they were maritime hunters most of their villages were constructed near the coast in areas that are now underwater. Labrador, having a rocky elevated coast, is one important exception. New World burial practices are identical to northern european mesolithic practices around this time, including same grave goods, stone mounds, use of red ochre etc. They also had advanced toggling harpoons and sewing needles with eyes that were only 0.5mm wide. Note how the archeologists believe they came from the SOUTH even though it’s the oldest burial mound known in the Americas lol! At least there are no references to the Cherokees yet…

    “The first people in the province arrived in southern Labrador, probably from the Maritimes and north shore of the St. Lawrence, about 9000 years ago. The earliest evidence for fully maritime adapted people comes from L’Anse-Amour, also in southern Labrador, where the burial of a child about twelve years of age beneath a low rock mound about twelve metres in diameter represents the oldest burial mound in the New World. With the skeleton were a number of objects indicating that marine resources were being exploited by at least 7000 years ago. A ‘toggling’ harpoon, a sophisticated seal hunting device that twists, or toggles, in the wounded animal and prevents it from escaping is the oldest such device presently known.”

    The good news here is that they say that the offspring of your ancestors may have “persisted” into the historic period lol!…

    “Some of the first Native People to be encountered by Europeans, then, may well have been able to trace their history of occupancy in Newfoundland and Labrador more than 8000 years into the past. Today we do not know what these first people called themselves or, for that matter, even what language they spoke. What we do know, however, is that the were the first human beings to occupy what is now Newfoundland and Labrador and that they were remarkably successful in doing so. In fact, despite changes in the natural and social environments, some of the descendants of these first people may have persisted for thousands of years, into the historic period.”

    As to the language they spoke my instinct tells me some kind of proto-Algonquin? Longhouses 100 meters long suggests the communities may have been large…

    “Near the end of the Maritime Archaic period in northern Labrador, between about 4000 and 3500 years ago, this house type culminates in ‘longhouses’, or at least rows of adjacent dwellings, each with its own fireplace, reaching as many as 100m in length.”


    Interesting! An historical record connects Saami, Minoans and America.
    The Frisian chronicle Oera Linda Boek describes a great fleet that sailed from Örebro, west of Stockholm, to Denmark, then to Cadiz, then into the Mediterranean in 2000 BC. The fleet was composed of Frisians, Danes, Swedes, Finns, Saami and Poles, men, women, and children. Their core was an army that had sailed ten years earlier from Denmark to Sweden to fight a war under General Wodin, better known from Greek history as Cadmus. At Cadiz the fleet divided, the majority crossing the Atlantic under Admiral Inka, the rest entering the Mediterranean under Admiral Teunis. Once in the Mediterranean, the fleet again divided. Teunis and Demeter, youngest sister of Zeus, founded Tyre, while Tekitammis, son of Doris, settled in Crete. The adopted cousin of Teunis, Korea or Core, married Tekitammis and acquired a new title, Europa. She encouraged immigration from around the Mediterranean, and this mixture became the Minoans.
    Thus Minoan Crete began with a significant population of Finns and Saami, because the Saami of Sweden were superb horsemen and their women married the soldiers under Cadmus-Wodin. At the same time, Inka settled in the Mississippi Valley with a significant number of Finns and Saami.


    your posted spiral designs remind me of the American southwest native silversmith’s “man in the maze” design.

    • There are also spiral petroglyphs in the Southwest!


    Richard, I love your research! I have been researching this topic for a while. I am a full believer that some of the Saami, the indigneous Saami, are Siberian and cousins to the inuit and other ancient Siberian tribed. Scientific evidence has been backed by language studies as well. And archeology study was done by a university in Finland recently, confirming Saami to share genes with Siberian tribes. To me, its painfully obvious even without science, if one researches history, migrations, and ethnic features of Saami PRE* admixture.

    But as far as scientific evidence, my grandfather has direct maternal lineage to a Native American woman. He received Asian/Siberian dna as well as haplogroup V(Saami). We have Native American heritage on another line as well, in which his 2nd cousin has direct maternal lineage too. Low and behold, it came back as V, a relatively “rare” haplogroup. Both lineages to tribes of northeast. I haven’t talked with any other Natives who also have a Saami haplogroup but I would love to get in touch with them.

    I believe that haplogroup V matched with Asian/Siberian DNA should be listed as a “Native American” haplogroup among commercial dna labs and genealogical sites.


    I accidentally left the wrong email with the last post. Not sure if it will post. So I will post again, what I said was- I love your work and research! I have long believed the indigenous Saami, PRE* European contact Saami, are Siberian, cousins to the Inuit and other ancient Siberians. This can be backed up by science included the information you’ve posted, language studies and a recent study by a university in Finland showing the indigenous Saami share genes with other Siberians. Its painfully obvious even without scientific evidence, if you research history, migration, and ethnic features of PRE admixture Saami’s,who look almost identical to the Inuit or any other Siberian group.

    My grandfather has direct Maternal dna to a native american woman, he received Asian/Siberian DNA, along with Haplogroup V (Saami). We have another line that is Native American that his 2nd cousin has direct maternal lineage to, What do you know, it came back V, a relatively “rare” haplogroup highest among the Saami. Both lineages are of the Northeastern and Eastern tribes. I haven’t talked to any other Native Americans who have Saami dna or haplo V yet but I would love to. With the lack of people testing, its made it difficult to pinpoint all this.

    I would like to see the commercial DNA labs and genealogy sites to recognize Haplogroup V as a “Native American” Haplogroup, especially with Asian/Siberian Dna with it.

    • Well, all of my mother’s family although officially Uchee-Creek, carry high levels of DNA test markers, typical of the Sami (Swedish spelling). Virtually, everybody in Scandinavia, including the Sami, thought I was Sami. While I was traveling around Lapland with an Austrian biologist, who was descended from Sami, who migrated to the mountains west of Saltzburg eons ago, Sami tourists would ask us for directions! LOL


    Just been to Rocky Valley near TIntagel, Cornwall UK
    There are identical petroglyphs there

    So could be Sami from Scandinavian origin
    or Crete ?
    9000 years ago?

    • My understanding is that the Sami originated in the Urals, where Finns (Archaic Europeans) intermarried with western Asians. There are some Sami tribes, known as Sjo Sami, who were expert mariners. It could well be that they were involved with long distance trade during the Bronze Age.


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