In its original form, the Solutrean Hypothesis states that during the Ice Age, humans traveled along the edge of the North Atlantic Ice Cap to populate sections of eastern North America. Their descendants interbred with peoples from Siberia to form modern Native American peoples. In particular, this theory was championed by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC.
Part Ten of the Mesolithic Period in Eastern North America
by Richard L. Thornton, Architect and City Planner
The development of the Solutrean Hypothesis really began in the 1980s, as a result of the excavations near the Shenandoah River by my friend, archaeologist William Gardner. These excavations are described in videos on the Cactus Hill and Thunderbird Archaeological Sites (October 16, 2022). Bill discovered a large flint quarrying and knapping site for making Clovis points. These Clovis points were being used by a large resident population in the Coastal Plain. When Clovis point production…
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