Ice Age Columbus

Today on Discovery Enterprise we explore a contentious question – Did western Europeans begin the settlement of the New World 17,000 years before Columbus was even born? And, present for your viewing pleasure a controversial docudrama entitled “Ice Age Columbus – Who Were the First Americans”?

Firmly rooted in the latest scientific discoveries, this fascinating docudrama explores the premise that Europeans came to America much earlier than previously thought. Anyone interested in the “Solutrean Hypothesis” should make it a point to watch this program.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Solutrean hypothesis proposes that stone tool technology of the Solutrean culture in prehistoric Europe may have later influenced the development of the Clovis tool-making culture in the Americas, and that peoples from Europe may have been among the earliest settlers in the Americas. It was first proposed in 1998. Its key proponents include Dennis Stanford, of the Smithsonian Institution, and Bruce Bradley, of the University of Exeter.


In this hypothesis, peoples associated with the Solutrean culture migrated from Ice Age Europe to North America, bringing their methods of making stone tools with them and providing the basis for later Clovis technology found throughout North America. The hypothesis rests upon particular similarities in Solutrean and Clovis technology that have no known counterparts in Eastern Asia, Siberia or Beringia, areas from which or through which early Americans are known to have migrated.


To put this in context, the Solutrean prehistoric culture of Western Europe was dominant in present-day France and Spain from roughly 21,000 to 17,000 years and is widely associated with the famous prehistoric paintings found at Altamira in Spain and Lascaux in France.


In today’s video feature we are presented with archaeological data and the latest DNA research in support of this hypothesis.
Ice Age Columbus — Who Were the First Americans?

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