Alternate Perceptions Magazine, September 2019
DENISOVAN ORIGINS: A Summary of Migrations Into the American Continents
by: Dr. Greg Little
In our new book “Denisovan Origins” a vast amount of archaeological information is covered by Andrew Collins and me. The book discusses widely separated places on Earth and also covers vast time frames in prehistory. For example, few Americans are aware that there is solid evidence that South America was inhabited long before North America. The dates proposed for the “First Americans” by South American archaeologists go back some 300,000 years and there are numerous sites in both South and Central America that are in the 50,000-year-ago range. The reasons these findings were immediately dismissed by North American archaeologists are discussed in the book, but it is clear that a strong cultural bias exists. One reason cited by archaeologists in the south is that their counterparts in the north see the claim that “we were first” as a coveted prize. However, all archaeologists agree that South America had the first mounds (dating to over 10,000 years ago) and the first pottery in the Americas. The Americas’ prehistory has been mired in bias, preconceived truths, allegations of racism made at every turn, and endless changes and disputes regarding facts. As mentioned above, it is clear that South America was inhabited far earlier than was North America and that the first people entering the Americas came from the South Pacific areas. Genetic research has clearly supported this contention. It is certain this happened before 50,000 years ago, and it’s likely to have happened 130,000 years ago or far earlier. These people were likely a hybrid of Neanderthals, Denisovans, and modern humans. Some of their cultural centers thrived and others waned, but some of these early inhabitants pushed north and eventually settled in a few places in North America. In extreme southern South America, some of the descendants of the first people were of a hereditary lineage that bestowed unusual height and body size. There is a huge amount of evidence relating that the European explorers encountered many people more than 7-feet in height in Patagonia. Skeptics simply relate that all of these accounts were fabrications however, many sea captains actually measured the natives. Eventually the ice age waned and the land bridge opened between Siberia and Alaska around 30,000-13,000 years ago. Hordes of Siberian nomads then entered the Americas and they gradually came to occupy all of the Americas by invading land already inhabited. These Siberians brought with them specific ideas about death that placed the entry and exit point in the sky world to the north—the constellation of Cygnus. Then, between 13,200 and 20,000 years ago, remnants of the Solutrean culture entered North America in the Northeast. Their numbers were likely small and archaeological analysis has concluded that no more than 150 hearty individuals were necessary to spread their culture. Because of their hunting prowess and other skills, they were assimilated into the cultures already present in North America. This led to the development of the Clovis culture, which spread across North America but never made it to South America. As both Andrew and I make clear, the Solutreans were a unique group genetically (with respect to mtDNA), but calling them white, European, or giving them any racial identity whatsoever is inaccurate and inappropriate. Within their numbers was a female lineage that produced individuals of striking appearance, some of whom would have been of increased stature. These became the elite members of society, and they assumed the role of the spiritual and shamanic elite. It is not known what the Solutreans called their culture, nor is it known what any of the earlier cultures called themselves. Their race isn’t known, if they can even be called a race, and as Andrew has pointed out, there is every likelihood that their ancestral home was not even in Europe, but somewhere in either central or northern Asia. Some 12,800 years ago, disaster struck the Americas when a fragmenting comet caused tsunamis and firestorms in various places, especially within the northern regions. A brief nuclear winter killed the megafauna roaming the continents, and the Clovis culture disappeared. But many humans survived and adapted. Whether it is coincidence or not, this time period corresponds to Plato’s story of Atlantis, the ultimate lost civilization in all historical mythology. Because of this natural disaster, the spiritual elite sought to control the natural forces of the world (after the comet-strike catastrophe). Their religious and spiritual beliefs began to take on an increased importance, and the rituals and beliefs of the elite became more critical to the populations. Gradually, rituals involved with death and the control of the forces of nature became necessary and were seen as crucial and essential for survival. Mound building and its ever-increasing complexity were natural developments from the perceived need for establishing and maintaining control of the masses by the elite. Across time, the control of the elite over the population evolved into the many variations of mound cultures and the more advanced stone structures and pyramids in the south. However, remnants of the hereditary lineage of the elite were present in native cultures up until the time of the first Spanish incursions into the New World. The Path of Souls ritual, with its definitive links to the stars, was an integral component in the elite’s control methods. The root of the Path of Souls ideology extends well back in time to the similar events that took place in Asia and elsewhere.