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Sunday, 24 October 2010

The Solutrean hypothesis

Left: A surviving papyrus from the Maya temple at Chictzen Itza - Mexico (Yucatan Peninsula).

Does this Mayan painting depict the fate of Solutrean's (early European setterlers) in the America's?

The Solutrean hypothesis proposes that stone tool technology of the Solutrean culture in prehistoric Europe may have later influenced the development of the Clovis tool-making culture in the Americas, and that peoples from Europe may have been among the earliest settlers in the Americas.It was first proposed in 1998. Its key proponents include Dennis Stanford, of the Smithsonian Institution, and Bruce Bradley, of the University of Exeter.

In this hypothesis, peoples associated with the Solutrean culture migrated from Ice Age Europe to North America, bringing their methods of making stone tools with them and providing the basis for later Clovis technology found throughout North America. The hypothesis rests upon particular similarities in Solutrean and Clovis technology that have no known counterparts in Eastern Asia, Siberia or Beringia, areas from which or through which early Americans are known to have migrated. Wiki


Left: El Castillo - Chictzen ItzaThe Maya name "Chich'en Itza" means "At the mouth of the well of the Itza." This derives from chi', meaning "mouth" or "edge", and ch'e'en, meaning "well." Itzá is the name of an ethnic-lineage group that gained political and economic dominance of the northern peninsula. The name is believed to derive from the Maya itz, meaning "magic," and (h)á, meaning "water." Itzá in Spanish is often translated as "Brujas del Agua (Witches of Water)" but a more precise translation would be Magicians of Water.Wiki


Left: A black and white print of a photograph taken by the author at El Castillo.

Kyle Bristow has authored a book called White Apocolypse - in it he discusses the Sultrean Hypothesis in depth.

He recently discussed the subject during an interview on The Right Perspective - listen here.

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