No. 57: May-Jun 1988
Referring back to SF#55, we find archeologist P.S. Martin quoted as saying:
"If humans lived in the New World more than 12,000 years ago, there'd be no secret about it."
This was from an article in which archeologists (some of them at least) were trying to roll forward the date at which humans entered the Americas from 12,000 to 11,500 years ago. In just a few months, we have collected four new items from the general scientific literature (not the U.S archeological literature!) that seem to be swimming against the current.
"Justification in terms of scientific methodology is in part self-deception, for when the figures turn out wrong the true believer will always shuffle the figures; when contrary evidence shows up, he throws doubt upon the credentials of the investigator."
(Bray, Warwick; "The Palaeoindian Debate," Nature, 332:107, 1988.)
"We report here two carbon-14 dates from charcoal taken from cultural features associated with the older materials of about 33,000 yr BP. These findings provide additional evidence that people colonized the Americas much earlier than previously thought."
(Dillehay, Tom D., and Collins, Michael B.; "Early Cultural Evidence from Monte Verde, Chile," Nature, 332:150, 1988.)
Stratigraphy at Monte Verde, Chile. Human artifacts have been found in the 34,000 BP layer.|
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