Ice-Age Discovery of the Americas, Solutrean-Clovis

Dennis Stanford, Head of the Archaeology Division, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

There are many other sites in the Americas showing pre-Indian peoples in the Americas. Indian tribes have legends of tall peoples living in the Americas in ancient times, before the Indians themselves. For example, the Paiute of Nevada have a legend of “exterminating” a light skinned red haired tribe who spoke a different language than themselves. In this area, red haired Caucasoid mummies have been found in caves, dated by archaeologists to over 9000 years old.

  • enviropal99

    His theory and all his evidence convinces me and should convince others at least to the point of initiating a broader search for more evidence to strengthen his theory. People will reject his ideas as they upset the accepted theories and the guilt industry against Europeans that came after the Asiatic immigrants or the Early Americans as we learned when I was a kid. Only Africa has a native human population. All others immigrated to their new homes.

    • Lulu

      I have not searched through this website thoroughly, so it may be here, but I wish they would present counter arguments to the Solutrean hypothesis, which there are many. In fact, the recent archaeological and genetic data completely refute it. Many of my archaeological colleagues have already dismissed Stanford’s work based on significant amounts of data which counter it. I wont go that far, as new discoveries continue to throw monkey wrenches into our oversimplified ideas of human migrations into the Americas. However, below are links to a few articles, one on DNA studies of an individual associated with a Clovis tool cache (Anzick site), and another on the recent excavation of Upward Sun River, a site with an 11,000 year old component (contemporaneous with Clovis) in the interior of Alaska (far away from Stanford’s hypothesized point of entry into the Americas by people with Clovis-like technologies). The latter describes excavation of two burials, along with associated goods of lanceolate-shaped projectile points and bibeveled rods covered in red ochre, similar to artifacts and internment practices found at Clovis sites. To be clear, they are not necessarily Clovis, though they do demonstrate that similar technologies persisted in the Alaskan subarctic at the same time, which counters Stanford’s claim that they did not. These are but two of the many case studies that conflict with Stanford’s work which in reality is based on a very narrow range of data.

      On a side note, the brief statement he makes about peopling of the Americas is completely outdated. There is very solid evidence that people traveled down the west coast of the continent before the ice free corridor opened around 10.9 k years ago. This is no longer a “maybe, but we just don’t know yet” proposition. Trust me, this is agreed upon by the majority of archaeologists.

      Peopling of the Americas is such a fascinating topic and I hope the two articles inspire you to continue researching it.