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Tales of archaeologists ignoring finds that don’t fit the preconceived assumption

7 February 2013

At www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/When-Did-Humans-Come-to-the-Americ… … after the discovery of a carved mastadon tusk and stone flakes in a sinkhole of the Aucilla River in northern Florida, some time past, we learn that, 'curiously, though, scholars largely ignored the discoveries of the Aucilla River Prehistory Project, instead clinging to the conviction that America's first settlement occurred much more recently, 13,500 years ago (Clovis) …'. However, to redeem themselves, another project on the Aucilla River is in progress. Funny how they say that word 'curiously' as we all know it goes on – all the time. Seems like 'conviction' and 'belief' are a fairly common human trait – and it sustains us in many different ways. Provides a foundation, a platform to seek out further information, and presumably the bubble will always burst eventually.  

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