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chris 116's Avatar Jump to comment 65 by chris 116

If the tests prove that the flint is of "French" origin are flawed, then the Solutrean style artefacts in America could be simply a case of Clovis people independently coming up with a similar style of toolmaking. But if the tests are correct, then somehow the tools arrived on the east coast of America, either by the long or short route. I can't find any evidence of Solutrean style artefacts being discovered in the West of America, or even in Asia.

It seems that their distinctive art and toolmaking disappeared suddenly around 17,000 years ago. While I agree with Jonathan Dore that leaving terra firma would not be a natural choice, whoever replaced their culture could have provided them with the motivation to choose the ice.

Maybe many bands took to the ice, only to perish or turn back to land, where either the new people wiped them out, or they made a living closer to the ice sheets without leaving any record. Only one band had to make it to America.

I don't have any problem believing that they had the technology or experience. We know that they could sew, as their tool kit included needles. Tens of millennia previously, somehow, the first Australians crossed seas, so why not the Solutreans, with seal skins for tents, clothing and kayaks and seal blubber for fuel. Furthermore, cave art suggests that Halibut, a deep water fish, was a part of their diet.

And they wouldn't have had to make the entire journey under their own steam. Our lucky band could have found the decision to push on West made for them, when their ice broke free during a summer thaw and the currents took them to America. Icebergs find their way to the area which we are talking about.

This is all highly unlikely on the face of it but given enough bands or clans running away over enough time, maybe it could have happened. We know for a fact that many species have survived incredible voyages on rafts of vegetation. And the art that they left behind suggests that they were smarter than your average bear.

I wish that I could simply buy the bloody book but I can't as I'm travelling many miles from an English bookshop. All of the reviews which I've found are so similar that I suspect the publisher's marketing department wrote them. This leads me to doubt those flint tests and suspect that we may be wasting our time talking about this.

Mon, 05 Mar 2012 08:13:01 UTC | #924535