Skip to comments.Austin-area dig gives rare clues to how people lived 16,000 years ago
Posted on 05/15/2018 9:09:22 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Prehistoric humans began gravitating to the Gault Site about 16,000 years ago, Texas State researchers say. The Gault Site is preserved forever because an archaeologist bought it and gave it to a conservation group... [Few academics have such wherewithal and fewer still would spend it this way, said Tom Dillehay, an anthropology professor at Vanderbilt University.]
You can hardly walk 10 steps along Buttermilk Creek about 45 miles north of Austin without finding evidence that people lived here thousands of years ago. The ground is littered with flakes of chert, a plentiful stone from which projectile points, blades, cleavers and other tools were fashioned...
The Gault Site, as this tract in southern Bell County and northern Williamson County is known, and a parcel just downstream known as the Debra L. Friedkin Site are among a handful in North America with compelling evidence of human occupation predating what is known as the Clovis period...
Researchers say the Gault Site also has yielded evidence of the oldest known house site in North America, rock carvings that are among the oldest artwork found in the Americas and bones from a mammoth...
"Gault went a long way to contributing to the unraveling of the Clovis-first model," said James Adovasio, a former University of Pittsburgh professor who excavated the Meadowcroft Rockshelter. "We used to think that the makers of Clovis artifacts were the first people into the New World. Now we know for a fact that's not the case."
It's pretty clear from genetic and other evidence that the people of the pre-Clovis era migrated from Asia. They looked a lot like current generations except they were shorter, Adovasio said, adding, "If you dressed them up in a Brioni suit, they would go unnoticed."
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Already there before the land bridge people arrived!
Three fingers, three toes, yeah, no chance of it getting normal.
The X-Files movie (the first one) started strong for me -- in North Texas, 35,000 BC , Neandertal hunters wandering through a snowstorm.
What an odd way to mention Adovasio. He was a professor at Mercyhurst and hasn’t been at Pitt for many years (didn’t leave under happy circumstances). I’ve never met him but I did take a tour of Meadowcroft rock shelter.
BTW - IMO Meadowcroft’s artifacts might be evidence of non-homo sapiens in ancient America (maybe Homo erectus?). The stone tools are very crude.
His book on the various crises of what paases for precolumbian north American archaeology is well worth reading.
It’s worth a look. All the standard theories involve Homo sapiens only. I’d guess he’s no different.
He's a bit too much of a SJW sometimes, for my taste, but he's on the right end of some things, like archaeology involving perishable materials. Even when cloth and baskets and such decay away, they can leave their imprint.
He wouldn't be the guy to lead that particular charge, but what he's done will help that when it comes. Which it will, if the fossils are found.
When I look at the age of certain discoveries in Mexico with VERY old artifacts and the devastation that was reeked on North America maybe there something buried that we have yet to discover.
You’re just anti-American Indian, aren’t you? /sarc
I am SO sick and tired of my more liberal acquaintances who say that we Americans should go back to Europe, etc. because we took over this country from the Indians. Well, the Indians took this country over from someone before them. it’s happened for all of time, and will, until Jesus returns and the new Millennial Kingdom.
/sorry, just ranting. Insert old man yells at cloud.jpg
Well, the Indians took this country over from someone before them.
I have a standard rebuttal to the politically correct “indigenous people” argument...
“Outside of southern and central Africa, every country in the world is a Nation of Immigrants."
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