OOPARTS: 15,000 YEAR OLD PROJECTILE POINTS FOUND
This very intriguing story was shared by T.S., and when I saw it, it went directly into the "finals" folder because I knew I'd have to blog about it because, as regular readers of this website know, I just love the topic of OOPARTS, or "Out Of Place ARTifacts." Just why this story may qualify for an OOPARTS story is the subject of today's high octane speculation.
However, even without my high octane speculation today, the story deserves some attention for something it does say, and for the implications of that admission, an admission, which, as we shall see, is carefully disguised. Here's the story:
Note the picture that begins the article, and note what it says:
The archaeologists discovered 13 full and fragmented projectile points, ranging from 0.5 to 2 inches and razor-sharp. The points, carbon-dated to approximately 15,700 years ago, predate the Clovis fluted points by 3,000 years found throughout North America and the previously found points at the Cooper’s Ferry site in Idaho by 2,300 years.
Previously, Davis and other researchers working the Cooper’s Ferry site had found simple flakes and pieces of bone that indicated human presence about 16,000 years ago. But the discovery of projectile points reveals new insights into the way the first Americans expressed complex thoughts through technology at that time, Davis said.
The points are revelatory not just in their age, but in their similarity to projectile points found in Hokkaido, Japan, dating to 16,000-20,000 years ago, Davis said. Their presence in Idaho adds more detail to the hypothesis that there are early genetic and cultural connections between the ice age peoples of Northeast Asia and North America. (Emphasis added)
Now notice what has been admitted: (1) these projectile points are a technological leap beyond the "simple flakes and pieces of bone" previously discovered from this age, and (2) they are similar in age and appearance to projectile points found in Japan. The conclusion of the article is that they are indications of "early genetic and cultural connections" between the peoples of Northeast Asia and North America.
This is a not-too-subtle bow to the prevailing "land bridge" theory, that American Indian tribes migrated from from Asia to the Americas via a land bridge that once existed across the Bering strait, and then gradually southward through North America to South America. The trouble is, the land bridge theory posits an age slightly older than the projectiles, which would require a prolonged period of "cultural preservation."
The alternative theory, and one which I subscribe to, is that the ancient cultures were more ocean-faring than is usually suspected, and that contact may have been maintained via the seas long after the land bridge, if there ever was one, disappeared.
But there's something else to notice here, and its a whopper doozie, and again, carefully disguised: these projectile points are very finely executed objects, and older than the previously discovered bones and flakes and other tools. In other words, the record shows, not progress, but devolution, a similar feature that I and others have observed about other sites (the oldest of these being - you guessed it - Giza, where the oldest layer of construction is also the highest in terms of its craftsmanship and execution.)
What is very intriguing to note about the picture of some of these projectile points are the indications on some of them of regular striations, perhaps the result of their fashioning by some other tool. But in looking at the picture, these projectile points appear to have been very finely executed. That regularity of striations suggests, in turn, another possibility: a very high octane off-the-end-of-the-twig speculative possibility: what if these apparent striations were an attempt to mimic or imitate something that their makers had actually seen? What if they might be an attempt to imitate something actually machined?
That's a very wild and woolly speculation, I grant you, so I'll just stick with the other subtle implication that maybe, just maybe, we're looking at the beginning of the breakdown of the land bridge theory...
Our thanks again to T.S. for bringing this article to our attention,
See you on the flip side...
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