The 'Native American' people of the United States
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Several dozen European-style stone tools, dating between 26,000 and 19 000 years ago, have been found at six different locations along the East Coast. Three of the sites are on the Delmarva Peninsular in Maryland and were discovered by archaeologist Darrin Lowery of the University of Delaware. One is in Pennsylvania and another in Virginia. The sixth was discovered by a fishermen on the seabed 60 miles from the Virginian coast on what would have been dry land. This is not the first time something like that has happened. European artifacts like these have been found before, but those artifacts were dated around 15 000 years ago (the same time that the Paleo-Indians migrated to America). These newly found artifacts are dated between 26 000 and 19 000 years ago and are contemporary and identical to western European material. Another artifact, a European-style stone knife found in Virginia of 1971, has been chemically analyzed to reveal that it is made of French-originating flint. Archaeologists are now starting to investigate new sites in places such as Tennessee, Maryland, and even Texas
At the peak of the Ice Age, around three million square miles of the North Atlantic was covered in thick ice for all or part of the year. Historians such as Professor Dennis Stanford of the Smithsonian Institution of Washington DC, and Professor Bruce Bradley of the University of Exeter, propose that this is when people from Western Europe migrated to North America at the height of the Ice Age by traveling (over the ice surface and/or by boat) along the edge of the frozen northern part of the Atlantic.
Another argument for Stanford and Bradley is that there is no evidence of any human activity in north-east Siberia and Alaska prior to around 15 000 years ago. If the Maryland and other east coast people of 26 000 to 19 000 years ago had come from Asia, not Europe, early material from before 19 000 years ago should have turned up in those two northern areas, but none have been found.
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