I’ve always found fault with the idea that humans first arrived in the Americas from the North over the so-called Berringial land bridge. It’s not that I don’t believe that humans at a pre-Columbian time existed in that area, but it makes no sense that large groups of humans would emigrate over a large stretch of ice in subfreezing conditions for no reason other than following animal herds. It would make sense that small hunter bands may have discovered this bridge, but I hardly see trucking over the old, the woman and the children as a viable idea.
So, I’ve always assumed humans came from the South. If you try to ignore the preconceived notions of history, I think it’s pretty obvious. The more south you travel in the Americas the older the civilizations become. It seems really silly to me to say that we came from the North, settled, then waited till we arrived in southern south America before beginning advanced cultures. This article speaks of contact between Polanysians and South Americas previous to the European arrival. Now, not to say that chicken bones are proof of anything so grandiose as overturning the Berringial bridge theory, but it does lead to questioning which direction the colonization came from. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it a thousand times more: Our knowledge of the past is incomplete at best and totally wrong at worst. Ancient cultures knew far more than we are giving them credit for. If we accept that simple axiom history can be rewritten to better describe what actually happened to us.
Yeah, so… here’s a less nerdy link to wash out that foul taste of academia, it’s old as hell, but I like it.
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