The Weekender was on vacation this week, taking the family out for a little camping trip, and thus not being able to cobble together a full post for the week, so today just two links; an update from last week and a fascinating, paradigm destroying archaeological find.
The Ghost Ship Sinks. We covered the incredible story of this Japanese trawler last week. But, to sum up – this abandoned vessel was cut loose from it’s moorings in the Japanese tsunami and has been drifting across the Pacific for over a year. It was recently spotted off of the coast of Alaska, and after it was determined that this unlighted and unmarked vessel posed a safety risk for commercial traffic, the Coast Guard did what Americans do best…they unleashed holy hell. Cannon fire from the Anacapa sunk the ship in a little over four hours. The ship formerly known as Ryou-un Maru now rests under 6,000 feet of water
Who were Native Americans? It has been long an established fact of anthropology that Native Americans were originally from Asia, and crossed over the Bering Strait about 15,000 years ago by land bridge or by boat and spread out to populate the Americas. This was a theory that remained unchallenged for decades – until recently. In 1970, a fishing trawler pulled up a mastodon tusk and a stone blade in their nets off the coast of Virginia. The tusk was dated as being 22,000 years old, suggesting that this stone blade was also that old. Other finds across the Chesapeake region have found stone tools that date to at least 20,000 years old, building up a solid case that humans inhabited North America well before the migration across the Bering Strait. Who were these mystery people? Evidence suggests that they were the Solutrean people who originated in Spain and southern France and migrated across the Atlantic during the last ice age. It’s potentially explosive stuff…it could completely alter the way that we view the history of the Western Hemisphere.