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Friday, August 18, 2017

Most archaeologists think the first Americans arrived by boat. Now, they’re beginning to prove it | Science | AAAS

The Cedros Island sites add to a small but growing list that supports a once-heretical view of the peopling of the Americas. Whereas archaeologists once thought that the earliest arrivals wandered into the continent through a gap in the ice age glaciers covering Canada, most researchers today think the first inhabitants came by sea. In this view, maritime explorers voyaged by boat out of Beringia—the ancient land now partially submerged under the waters of the Bering Strait—about 16,000 years ago and quickly moved down the Pacific coast, reaching Chile by at least 14,500 years ago.


Certainly sounds better than walking.

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What were the boats made of? Hides?

Posted by: dearieme | Aug 18, 2017 3:13:29 PM

Come to think of it, what holds a kayak together? Obviously the hull is made of hides but what's the framework they are attached to made of? Driftwood? Walrus bones?

Posted by: dearieme | Aug 19, 2017 12:14:31 PM