Archaeology & History
Evidence found of early American seafaring
By T.K. Randall
March 8, 2011 · 105 comments
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Ancient seafaring and maritime tools have been discovered on California's Channel Islands.
Delicate tools only useful in water are some of the many bits unearthed by University of Oregon and Smithsonian scholars on the Channel Islands situated off the coast of California. These tools are believed to be 11,400 to 12,200 years old and are the first signs of any seafaring or maritime adaptation by peoples known mainly for their hunting abilities on land.
Reporting in the March 4 issue of Science, a 15-member team led by University of Oregon and Smithsonian Institution scholars describes the discovery of scores of stemmed projectile points and crescents dating to that time period. The artifacts are associated with the remains of shellfish, seals, geese, cormorants and fish.
Source: Science Daily
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