Since the 1933 discovery of a flint spearhead unearthed at Clovis, New Mexico, scientists, academics and just about everyone else became entrenched in the idea that North Americans arrived on this continent exclusively via the Bering Straight land bridge. The mammoth skeleton that lay beside the Clovis point was carbon-dated to 11,500 years ago and there seemed to be no other find that pointed to older human habitation in North America. This theory became so accepted that archaeologists stopped looking for older artifacts.
all along, our native friends have told a different story. They speak of many
waves of migration between the peoples of Europe and those of North America, and
it was not just a one way street. People may have gone both ways.
· Native tradition states that there were 3 waves of early migration across the Atlantic – the last in the 14th century - and that the populations of Europe and North America are mixed. Also, the migrations went in both directions. DNA evidence could be a way of solving this hypothesis.
· A new report of a skeleton found in Norway showing a distinctly Incan feature is causing quite a bit of debate. Click here.
· Pre-Clovis explorers crossed the Atlantic about 17.000 years ago, settling in what is now South Carolina.
paintings and stone carvings in Scandinavia and also in North America seem
to point to a connection.
Kennewick Man was living in what is now Washington State about 5000-9000
explorers may have crossed about 1000 B.C.
Ericcson and company crossed about 1001 A.D.
Henry St. Clair may have crossed from Scotland in 1398.
· The Cabot family crossed in 1497 and possibly had a first voyage just before Columbus.
The Atlantic Conference will be a gathering of experts who will share information between a variety of disciplines regarding early trans-Atlantic contact. It will be a “cross pollination” of sorts. For instance, we suspect than a Maritime Historian might get new ideas about research if he or she gets access to the research of those archeologists who found that 1,000 year old skeleton in Norway. Some Linguists might advance their work by learning more from native tribal leaders, etc.
The Atlantic Conference will be a
meeting that welcomes a skeptical approach and demands proofs. To that end,
those who agree to speak will also agree to post their presentations in full on
our password protected website for review 3 months in advance by the other
speakers. If the presenters decide, we will also open this part of the site up
to others whom the speakers want to allow in for peer review.
The Conference itself is not the
end. After the meeting in August, we plan to open up the blog by invitation to
others who our speakers invite in who might contribute in an ongoing way to this
cross pollination between disciplines. Also, we plan to actively go out in
search of on-going funding for the speakers to bring new knowledge to the study
of early trans-Atlantic contact.
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