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« Reply #165 on: November 16, 2008, 03:50:43 am »

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From: Namsos, Norway
Registered: Jan 2004
  posted 03-07-2005 19:31             
South Carolina fire pit dated to be 50,000-year-old
In the growing debate about when people first
appeared on the North American continent, a
leading archaeologist said he has discovered
what could be sooty evidence of human occupation
in North America tens of thousands of years
earlier than is commonly believed.
University of South Carolina archaeologist
Al Goodyear said he has uncovered a layer of
charcoal from a possible hearth or fire pit at a
site near the Savannah River (see also Archaeo
News 3 July 2004). Samples from the layer have
been laboratory-dated to more than 50,000 years
old. Yet Goodyear stopped short of declaring it
proof of the continent's earliest human
occupation. "It does look like a hearth," he
said, "and the material that was dated has been
burned." Since the 1960s, anthropologists
have generally accepted that hunters migrated to
North America about 13,000 years ago over a land
bridge into Alaska following the retreat of Ice
Age glaciers.But other sites, including the
Topper dig in South Carolina, have yielded rough
stone tools and other artifacts suggesting that
humans lived in North America thousands of years
earlier when the climate was much colder. While
there is no ironclad proof that an older culture
existed, scientists are increasingly open to the
idea that humans arrived from many other
directions besides the northwest, perhaps even
sailing across oceans. But a 50,000-year-old fire
pit would scorch the prevailing occupation
theory. Goodyear's evidence was examined by
other scientists, who performed radiocarbon tests
on samples to determine their age. Thomas
Stafford, director of Stafford Laboratories in
Boulder, Colo., took samples of the substance for
tests at the University of California at Irvine.
The results showed that wood varieties had been
burned in a low-temperature fire at least 50,300
years ago, he said. Stafford said the layer could
have been the result of a fire tended by humans,
or the ashes could have been deposited by wind,
rain or flooding. Other researchers were
more skeptical of Goodyear's discovery, noting
that previous claims of very old occupation at
other sites never have been verified. "We still
need to be cautious," said Vanderbilt University
anthropologist Tom Dillehay. "I would not yet
rewrite the books. The find is very significant
and shows that there is much we don't understand
and can't easily reject or accept." Other
scientists were blunter. "I think it's a
50,000-year-old geologic deposit," said
University of Texas archaeologist Mike Collins.
"It has almost nothing to do with the story of
the peopling of North America."

Sources: Associated Press, CNN,,
Yahoo! News (18 November 2004)

Bronze Age sites in co Wicklow are now protected

The Irish Minister for the Environment has signed
a preservation order to protect two Bronze Age
sites in Co Wicklow. The move is being seen as
showing fresh Government commitment to the
safeguarding of archaeological monuments
throughout the country.
The protection orders were signed following
reports that a prehistoric settlement near
Blessington had been damaged. The Bronze Age
sites include a stone circle and a number of
burial mounds.

Source: Irish Examiner (17 November 2004)
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