Radical Theory of First Americans Places Stone Age Europeans in Delmarva 20,000 Years Ago

Brian Vastag, Washington Post, February 29, 2012

When the crew of the Virginia scallop trawler Cinmar hauled a mastodon tusk onto the deck in 1970, another oddity dropped out of the net: a dark, tapered stone blade, nearly eight inches long and still sharp.

Forty years later, this rediscovered prehistoric slasher has reopened debate on a radical theory about who the first Americans were and when they got here.

Archaeologists have long held that North America remained unpopulated until about 15,000 years ago, when Siberian people walked or boated into Alaska and then moved down the West Coast.

But the mastodon relic found near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay turned out to be 22,000 years old, suggesting that the blade was just as ancient.

Whoever fashioned that blade was not supposed to be here.

Its makers probably paddled from Europe and arrived in America thousands of years ahead of the western migration, making them the first Americans, argues Smithsonian Institution anthropologist Dennis Stanford.

“I think it’s feasible,” said Tom Dillehay, a prominent archaeologist at Vanderbilt University. “The evidence is building up, and it certainly warrants discussion.”

At the height of the last ice age, Stanford says, mysterious Stone Age European people known as the Solutreans paddled along an ice cap jutting into the North Atlantic. They lived like Inuits, harvesting seals and seabirds.

The Solutreans eventually spread across North America, Stanford says, hauling their distinctive blades with them and giving birth to the later Clovis culture, which emerged some 13,000 years ago.

When Stanford proposed this “Solutrean hypothesis” in 1999, colleagues roundly rejected it. One prominent archaeologist suggested that Stanford was throwing his career away.

But now, 13 years later, Stanford and Bruce Bradley, an archaeologist at England’s University of Exeter, lay out a detailed case—bolstered by the curious blade and other stone tools recently found in the mid-Atlantic—in a new book, “Across Atlantic Ice.”


At the core of Stanford’s case are stone tools recovered from five mid-Atlantic sites. Two sites lie on Chesapeake Bay islands, suggesting that the Solutreans settled Delmarva early on. Smithsonian research associate Darrin Lowery found blades, anvils and other tools found stuck in soil at least 20,000 years old.


Further, the Eastern Shore blades strongly resemble those found at dozens of Solutrean sites from the Stone Age in Spain and France, Stanford says. “We can match each one of 18 styles up to the sites in Europe.”

In 2007, Lowery, who also teaches at the University of Delaware, was hired by a landowner to survey property on Tilghman Island, Md., at a place called Miles Point. Almost immediately, Lowery saw a chunk of quarzite jutting out of a shore bank. It was an anvil, heavily marked from repeated beatings, a clear sign that it was used to make stone tools. Lowery dated the soil layer holding the anvil and other stone tools with two methods, radiocarbon dating and a newer technique, optical stimulated luminescence. Both returned an age of at least 21,000 years.

“We were like, geez . . . what the hell is going on here?” Lowery said.

Another site, 10 miles south, Oyster Cove, yielded more Stone Age artifacts. Those too, came out of soil more than 21,000 years old.

Lowery published the finds in 2010 in Quaternary Science Reviews, but the report made nary a ripple in the conservative world of archaeology, where new ideas tend to progress at a glacial pace. “People are going to think we’ve clearly gone off our rocker here,” Lowery remembers musing.


Stone tools recovered from two other mid-Atlantic sites—Cactus Hills, Va., 45 miles south of Richmond, and Meadowcroft Rockshelter, in southern Pennsylvania—date to at least 16,000 years ago. Those tools, too, strongly resemble blades found in Europe.

Little is known about the Solutrean people. They lived in Spain, Portugal and southern France beginning about 25,000 years ago. No skeletons have been found, so no DNA is available to study.


[SMU archeologist David] Meltzer is among those still skeptical of the Solutrean hypothesis, citing the scant evidence. “If Solutrean boat people washed up on our shores, they suffered cultural amnesia, genetic amnesia, dental amnesia, linguistic amnesia and skeletal amnesia. Basically, all of the signals are pointing to Asia” as the origin of the first Americans.

Since the 1930s, archaeologists have favored a single migration from Siberia to Alaska as the epic event that peopled the Americas about 13,000 years ago. Stone tools found at Clovis, N.M., and elsewhere, suggested that a single culture spread across much of the continent. This “Clovis first” idea became entrenched.


“People learned it in college and built careers on ‘Clovis first,’ ” Collins said. “They’re unwilling to turn it loose.”

But now they might have to adopt Stanford’s Europe-first slogan: “Iberia, not Siberia.”

However, Stanford acknowledges that his evidence is scant. He calls the Solutrean hypothesis “a skeletal idea.” And he worries that a rising sea might have washed away compelling evidence.



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  • This Solutrean hypothesis has been panned for over a decade as White racist garbage and now it seems like the evidence has gotten so good that it is at least plausible that it happened. Persistence pays off!

    • Fr. John+

      Yes, and multiculturalism is not a code-word for anti-white? And who invented the word ‘racism’ anyway – a certain ‘non-white Racial in-group? You bet.  I would think a ‘social construct’ that is as vague in its definitions as racism, would not be thrown about on this site like so much verbal garbage… .but then I forget, stupidity is endemic these days.


      • WhitesRdumb

        “John wrote: And who invented the word ‘racism’ anyway – a certain ‘non-white Racial in-group?”

        I think it was the White Liberal Intellectuals  (communists) that gave us that term.

        • yes those “white” liberal intellectuals who keep two sets of dishes…and hate,hate,hate Christians. 

  • Alexandra1973

    I thought liberals believed in evolution and not God…?

  • I’m more concerned about future ….

    • George Orwell:  He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.Of course we are all concerned about the future, but this is an important issue. 

  • oh i guess white folks got to be first in evrything

  • Frosty_The_White_Man

    Hey you stole my comment ! 😉 Seriously, more folks need to read about Solutreans.

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      When I first read your comment, I thought it said:

      Hey, you stole my continent!

      Yes, more folks need to read about Solutreans — while it’s still on-line and available.


  • Oil Can Harry

    So whites are the real Native Americans?

    Does that mean I can open a gambling casino here in New York State?

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Yes.  And sell tax-free cheap smokes too.  

      It looks like who we now consider to be “Native Americans” are merely squatters.

      When do the welfare checks start flowing and I want reparations for the past 10,000 years.


      • MikeofAges

         Yeah, and how about a reservation? Why not, when we only have real work for about 10 percent of the population anyway?

  • Pax Romana

    This new  information needs maximum exposure, especially to the young, as they are the ones that are now being indoctrinated by the liberal public school systems and their media into a mental state of white guilt and self hatred. If  it lessens the impact and effectiveness of some of that propaganda, it will be well worth it.

    • CidMartel

      A couple of years ago my youngest was still in middle school, I bought her a copy of the Discovery Channel’s documentary on the Solutrean theory. She found it very interesting and followed up with research on her own. When she put it all together in a report for her science class but to her (and our) suprise her teacher would not allow her to present it saying that it “was based on silly junk science with no real basis in reality”.  He did not give her a negative grade, he didn’t grade it at all, he gave it back to her and said he would not accept it. When I went to school to speak to the “teacher” he told me that the Solutrean theory was completely fringe and that it was posited by people with a white supremist agenda and that by disallowing the report he probably saved my daughter from embarassment. The long and the short of my story is that I think this incident was a good thing because it opened the eyes of a very intelligent and politically motivated young American patriot who will soon be off to college with a dose of reality regarding  the political landscape of academia and the PC fascism she will face in our rapidly changing society.

  • DelmarJackson

    The Florida Bog people found in Windover , Florida, in a bog of course, appear to be around 8,000 years old and also appear to have DNA that is not matched by native American DNA and appears to make archeologists nervous in speculating who they could be if not native American.

  • OldAtlantic

    The Wright Island Model says gene frequency converges to that of the immigrants.  The Europeans may have been washed out that way.  Funny, that a theorem in population genetics textbooks is unknown to David Meltzer and his like.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    In the current PC climate of terror, this study and any other that shows Europeans migrated to North America before the NA population will be ignored, squelched or ridiculed on all college campi in America.

    Anthropologists and archeologists must be VERY careful to follow PC dogma which mandates that the First Americans crossed a land bridge from Asia.  Any deviation and a researcher may find his funds cut off.

    Everyone knows those nasty White men did nothing but rape, pillage and burn innocent, peaceful, gaia-loving NAs.

    The reason that NAs are so adamant about reburial and halting any examination of old bones and skulls is that it might challenge the Special Rights and Privileges, especially the flow of money, that they enjoy as the First Americans.  John McCain tried to strengthen NAGRA rules to allow any/all human remains found in the U.S. to be immediately turned over to NAs regardless of origin.

    On Kennewick Man:

    In 1996, Dr. James C. Chatters, a local anthropologist in Kennewick, WA wrote down his first visual observations about Kennewick Man: 

    The skull was immediately European-like; long, narrow, very constricted behind eyes with a very prominent nose. I immediately got the impression I was dealing with a European—probably an early Kennewick pioneer. I had no idea where this story was going at that point. The skull, the bridge of the nose is very prominent, the skull very narrow, recedes to the back—the kind I had only seen among the people of western Eurasia. Very long limbs, his lower limb segments quite long compared to the upper; and American Indians tend to be quite the opposite. They’re short limbed. We’ve got this paradox—Stone-Age object in European man [sic], after the carbon dating reports were in.

    The feds immediately came down on Dr. Chatters, confiscated the bones and handed them over to the local Indian tribes. The event was followed with a nine year court battle that is still not a closed case. 

    And, then there are those pesky Windover Bog Mummies that appear to be of European origin.

     Professor Doran did not publish a single skull image out of the 168 skulls he found at Windover. Five years after finishing the excavations Doran published his book in 2002: Windover Multidisciplinary Investigations of an Early Archaic Florida Cemetery. Out of 393 pages not a single image was printed of a human skull.

    Dr. Joseph Lorenz from Coriell Institute for Medical Research was also searching hard for the DNA markers typical of ‘Native Americans’ in the DNA samples taken from the bones of five individuals from Windover. He did not find what he was looking for but he did not stop. After comparing the Windover DNA to present European people’s he said: 

    I went back to the screen and I looked at the sequences again, the first person’s DNA it looked European. When I looked at the second one it looked European. When I looked at the third, fourth and fifth it was slightly different from the first two but they looked European. 

    The Learning Channel had a program titled Secrets of the Bog People: Windover where Dr. Gregory from Cornell also stated that DNA samples taken from the brains of the Bog People show European origin. 

    Don’t expect to see Secrets of the Bog People: Windover on TLC’s rotation, just as Discovery Channel has removed Ice Age Columbus from its rotation. 

    Fortunately, The First Americans, Part 6, DNA of the Windover Bog Peoople can still be viewed on YouTube:



  • Dr Al

    This is of no surprise to those of us who read. Thor Heyerdahl, of Kon Tiki fame wrote numerous books about this 50 years ago. Such as EARLY MAN AND THE OCEAN,  AKU-AKU  about the whites who left Peru to settle Easter Island.

    Foot note after foot note with photos and pages of data.

  • SteveM

    And Red Indians had a legend about a race of white people who lived in Kentucky which was genocidally slaughtered. When Scots and Bavarians settled West Virginia, there were no so-called Native Americans in those hills, because they were scared to death of the Blood-Soaked Earth.

  • anonymous_amren

    Darwin didn’t give you the drive and ability, he just observed evolution, as did other people. He didn’t create evolution. If Darwin never existed, we would still have evolution, and we would still know about it and understand it from other scientists.

    But yes, white people, or North East Asians, tend to be first at everything because the people in cold winter climates who didn’t have the drive and ability to excel died before they could have children. While those who had the most drive and ability had the most children that survived and passed on the most genes. That made them get better and better each generation.

    In warm climates, that didn’t happen, and the people who had the most children at the youngest age, or the people who were the most violent and raped the most women, were the ones who survived and passed on their genes. Which is why West Africans (like John McNeal) were always the last in everything.

  • Riccck

     Some version of the Solutrean hypothesis now looks almost inescapable.  It would have been almost impossible for Asians to reach the American heartland before the Bolling Interstadial of ca. 14,000 years ago.  Yet this find, and Meadowcroft and Cactus Hill, are thousands of years older than that.  Fact is, it is likely that the Europeans made it to America ca. 35,000 years ago (see Roots of Cataclysm, Algora Publ. NY 2009).

  • WhitesRdumb

    The Romans were here. The North-Eastern Indians are remnants of the Roman Empire: Possibly slaves that were not brought back. The reason why Mohawk warriors wear their hair in the typical Mohawk style is because they were mimicking the Greco Roman Crest Helmet. http://tinyurl.com/7e4lobh

  • IanJMacDonald

     Check out his Facebook profile. Says that he works as a “gigilo at Escort Services.” 

  • Wayne Lo

    Funny thing is even if the theory is true, and even the author of the book says the theory is still far from substantiated, these so-called Solutreans are likely no more closely related to the white race today, as you people define it, than whites are related to North African Caucasoids, or Near Eastern Caucasoids.

    The other thing is whether or not the first people were Europeans or Asians does not change a thing regarding the legitimacy of the current European presence in the Americas.

    Because Europeans in the Americas now are not descended from these hypothetical Solutreans. Whites claiming North America based on the fact that proto-whites may have reached the continent first is as ludicrous as Chinese or Koreans claiming America as East Asian because a group with somewhat racial affinity to them reached America first.

    The indigenous of a continent are those who are descended from the original peoples for generations. This does not include whites living in America today, nor in fact any other race, apart from Native Americans.

    • For once, you get something right.

      It doesn’t matter who was here (or kinda here) first, what matters is will power and demographics.

      • What matters is the truth! And pride. White men  should be proud that they were here FIRST–why is it soooooo important for the David MELTZER”S of academia to discredit these theories,hmmmmm?????

    • Bon, From the Land of Babble

      Yet, somehow those researchers in my comment above who looked at the 7,000-8,000 year old DNA sequences of the Windover Bog mummies recognized them as European, not Middle Eastern or North African.

      Dr. Gregory from Cornell also stated that DNA samples taken from the brains of the Bog People show European origin. 

      When I looked at the third, fourth and fifth it was slightly different from the first two but they looked European. 

      What is more to the point is that our history and culture (unlike yours) are being systematically erased and/or rewritten.  All White homelands are under assault by non-Whites, even lands such as Britain where Whites have lived for 40,000 years.  
      The history of human civilization is one of conquering others and claiming territory.  

      We lay claim to the United States because we Whites developed it.  People risk their lives to enter the United States because of what Whites built.

      Whites, it seems, settled all over the globe although the media and academia refuse to admit this, for example:

      Why did the Chinese pull 4,000 year old Caucasian mummies from a traveling exhibit called “Secrets of the Silk Road” the day before it was to open in Pennsylvania?  If the mummies weren’t White, why were they pulled?  What did the Chinese not want us to know?  That Whites settled deep in China?  

      The PC-plagued US press wouldn’t touch the story but the UK Independent did:

      Her Caucasian features raised the prospect that the region’s inhabitants were European settlers. The Chinese mummies in question were found wearing Celtic ornamentation and what appears to be an early form of tartan cloth. The Lady of Tarim… was pulled from an exhibition following a sudden call from the Chinese authorities on the eve of opening. The reason for pulling the mummy and other artefacts from the show remained unclear.


      PBS, not known for being White-friendly reports:

      In the late 1980’s, perfectly preserved 3000-year-old mummies began appearing in a remote Chinese desert. They had long reddish-blond hair, European features and didn’t appear to be the ancestors of modern-day Chinese people. Archaeologists now think they may have been the citizens of an ancient civilization that existed at the crossroads between China and Europe.


      Image #1: This mummy of an 18 to 20 year old woman is on display at a museum in Hami. Her features, particularly her overbite, indicate Caucasian heritage

      Image #2: This ~ 3,000 mummy is of a woman from a remote desert in China and approximately 40-years old.  That she is of tall stature, has a high nose, and red hair indicates that she was of European descent.

    • kjh64

      Most Whites here  were born here and have been descended from people who have lived here for generations, so they are indigenous. When Whites first came to the Americas, most of  it was unsettled wilderness that was not owned or occupied by anyone, so to say Whites “stole” all the land from the Indians is nonsense. Indians have a right to the percentage of land they occupied.   Furthermore, it doesn’t matter who set first on North America first anymore than it matters who set foot in Asia first, Chinese, Japanese etc. What matters is who creates and builds a country and the USA was created and  built by Whites.  Just like China was created and built by the Chinese. American Whites don’t owe non-Whites anything and we sure don’t owe them the right to come into OUR country anymore than non-Chinese have the right to come into China.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    No definitive conclusions have ever been reached about Kennewick Man’s race:

    The man lacks definitive characteristics of the classic mongoloid stock to which modern Native Americans belong.  The skull is dolichocranic  rather than brachycranic, the face narrow and prognathous rather than broad and flat.  Cheek bones recede slightly and lack an inferior zygomatic projection; the lower rim of the orbit is even with the upper.  Other features are a long, broad nose that projects markedly from the face and high, round orbits.  The mandible is v-shaped,with a pronounced, deep chin.   Many of these characteristics are definitive of modern-day caucasoid peoples, while others, such as the orbits are typical of neither race.  Dental characteristics fit Turner’s Sundadont  pattern, indicating possible relationship to south Asian peoples.

    Anthropologist Joseph Powell, upon examining the skeleton, concluded that Kennewick Man most closely resembled the Ainu of northeast Asia. However, when size was excluded as a factor, there was no connection to any modern population, including the Ainu. Bone needles found near Kennewick Man indicate the sewing of textiles, not used by the early Paleo-Indian populations.

    And, no thanks to NAGRA rules, Caucasian mummies in the Americas may never be properly studied: 

    Douglas Owsley, Division Head for Physical Anthropology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC and a plaintiff in the Kennewick Man case told The New Yorker:

    Kennewick Man’s bones are part of a growing quantity of evidence that the earliest inhabitants of the New World may have been a Caucasoid people. Other, tentative evidence suggests that these people may have originally come from Europe.

    Then I asked if any others [the seven ancient remains] had Caucasoid features, and there was a silence that gave me the sense that I was venturing onto controversial ground.
    He guardedly replied, “Yes.”
    “How many?”
    “Well,” he said, “in varying degrees, all of them.” 

    Then, there’s that pesky Haplotype X:

    Asian DNA contains four different haplotypes, including A, B, C, & D. Indian remains have the same four, plus one extra. The haplotype X is found exclusively in European Caucasian populations as well as some Indian DNA. Researchers claim that the introduction of haplotype X into the Indian gene pool occurred thousands of years ago and is not the result of interbreeding with any recent group such as the Vikings.


    Image:  Kennewick Man’s skull

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  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Normally I do not respond to “guest” or “anon.”  

    But your rude reply demands a response:

    Why was only the WHITE mummy pulled from the exhibit?


  • I’ve never seen such a bunch of racist, desperate to grasp on to any last vestigial straw of Manifest Destiny bullcrap since I accidentally walked in on a Book of Mormon re-enactment. As an actual Tsalagi/Skarureh with a brother who’s an archaeologist and obviously knowing more about everything having to do with this subject than all of you wannabe indigenous vanilla wafers put together, all I can say is staying up all night listening to Coast to Coast, then watching Discovery Channel reruns and flipping back and forth to Glenn Beck and John Wayne movies instead of actually migrating off the couch and into the john to take a major dump and detoxify yourself from all that horsecrap you just ingested doesn’t make you any less white, any less of an illegal alien, any less of a douche, or any less of a descendant of a bunch of demonic, disease-infested savages who left their own lands they’d filled with war and filth, then “discovered” the paradise our ancestors made of this land and what they called the most beautiful, healthy, happy, civilized people and cities they’d ever seen, and raped, murdered, enslaved, and stole from them everything we had built and caled us the “savages.” You’ve been trying in vain to justify your sick, distorted misconceptions and agendas of white supremacy ever since, but unfortunately for you, ourDNA has survived and testifies to the truth, same as we survive and testify to the truth, and your children have learned to respect and envy us for who we truly are and feel rightfully ashamed for what their relatives did. It is those rational Europeans, whose DNA is different than any DNA you have ever found in us and our ancestors, who are the saving grace of your people who are interested in accknowledging the errors of the past and correcting them rather than perpetuate and wallow in them and create more as you idiots are doing here, who will advance this world so that dinosaurs like you become extinct and Evolution replaces you with those who have learned to walk upright.

    • You mad, bro?

    • Juggernaut3000

      You have drunk deeply from the well of ignorance and are well versed in your masters’ marxist lies.

      I’m going to try to help you out here: You need to go back to your university and demand the money back from any tuition you paid. It’s clear you’ve been miseducated and lied to by your marxist profs.

  • Le Fox

    I have the History Channel documentary of that – it was unfeasible, considering that China did not embark on expeditions like the Europeans did.