Re: Australian finds >100 000 BP?

Graham Harden (
14 Oct 1996 02:19:51 GMT

>Actually coasting the island chains around the periphery of the
>Northern Pacific rarely required going out of sight of land.
>Starting with the south China sea, Japan, the Kurils, kamchatka,
>the Komandore Ostrova, the Aleutions with the Near, Far and Rat
>islands then down the Queen Charlottes and the California coast.

Although it would still require almost the same levels of technology,
the waters in those regions would surely have been fatally cold. So
you would require a technology that was capable of leakproof boats,
open water travel, low temperature clothing, food storage, and
possiblyy some portable means of shelter for erecting on near
permafrost soil..........

An impressive list. Not that the eskimos aren't capable of exactly
these things, but they are an impressive group themselves. I won't
be surprised if/when its found that these technologies are quite old,
but there would be little support for it at present.

>The longest stretch is between Glinka and Cape Wrangle about 200
>mi now. Less if sea levels were lowered or pack ice were present.
>The route goes about as far north as Britain or Maine and the
>majority of it appears to have been well stocked with flora and
>Recent finds in Fladmarks refugia on the Aleutians have found the
>earliest known human skeleton in Alaska dated c 9,000 BC and
>guess what, it turns out to have been Caucasian.

>(see sci.archaeology.moderated)
>The skeleton will probably be repatriated before any further
>studies can be made.
>> ,-_|\ Bob McKay,