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Vanuatu and Florida

25 September 2014

At www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2014/09/22/4080301.htm … we have Polynesians (the Lapita culture) arriving in Vanuatu around 3000 years ago. Was this migration spurred on by events in the sky – the events that brought Late Bronze civilisation to an end in the Near East, Anatolia, and the Aegean. The thrust of the research in Vanuatu is on the switch towards a diet that relied mostly on cultivated plants such as taro, jams, and bananas.

Over at http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/ancient-dna-could-u… … we are back, once again, at a site first discovered in 1915, where a skull and bones of five people were dredged up during the construction of a farm canal system. The finds stoking a controversy at the time as the state geologist dated them 14,000 years ago (just after the Ice Age) whereas at the time it was though humans did not enter N America until 6000 years ago. The site is now being reinterpreted in the hope of establishing clarity and is potentially very important. If the site goes back to 14,000 years ago what relationship will they have with migrants from Siberia – or will they display similarities to the Solutreans?

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