[birds chirping] The history that we were all taught growing up is wrong My name is Scott Wolter, and I’m a forensic geologist There’s a hidden history in this country that nobody knows about There are pyramids here, chambers, tombs, inscriptions They’re all over this country We’re going to investigate these artifacts and sites, and we’re going to get to the truth Sometimes history isn’t what we’ve been told [music playing] SCOTT (VOICEOVER): I often find myself investigating evidence of voyages to the United States by brave, pre-Columbian explorers who came here before 1492 I think the Templars, the Celts, and the Vikings all fall into this group But remains unearthed in a Florida peat bogs back in 1982 could be those of some of the very first people to come to what is now North America People who arrived more than 8,000 years ago It’s a controversial theory with huge implications A local woman who contacted me believes when the truth comes out about where these people came from, it could change what we know about the early human history of America I want to learn more about the bones of the prehistoric people who once lived here Their bones were immaculately preserved, which should help me figure out, both who they were and where they came from So Candida, I’m really glad that you contacted me Your email was very interesting to say the least These bog people, they’re fascinating How did you first find out about the bog people? I came across the bog people on a documentary a few years back, and I’ve been studying everything I could on the subject since I found out about them So it was discovered in, what? 1982? – Yes – Is that correct? Yes

There was a construction company developing a new subdivision OK During the construction, they found these skulls, and they called in the police, because they thought that there had been a murder Really? Yes How many bodies did they find? They found about 100 bodies perfectly intact, brain matter and everything They even found the contents of food they had eaten in their stomachs But why did you bring me out here? Well, I brought you out here because I can’t actually take you to the site itself, but I wanted you to see the environment that they were buried in – Ah, OK Just get a sense of what the site is like Right OK, and actually, as I look out over the bog here, the preservation conditions have to be perfect for brain matter to be preserved There’s two things that you need that we do have here One is you have to have a neutral pH If it was more acidic here in the bog conditions, that would promote the decomposition The other thing is there’s very little, if any, oxygen in the water So what we call anoxic conditions, which also does not promote good composition So the two things that you need, you have here, and it makes it just perfect for preserving these bodies What’s important about these prehistoric bodies is what they tell us about America’s earliest inhabitants Archaeologists say the first migration took place around 13,000 BC In school, we’re taught that the first people to America migrated from Asia across the Bering Strait using a land bridge that’s today submerged underwater This theory is called the Clovis theory, because Clovis, New Mexico is where the first tools attributed to these people were found Some experts believe the Clovis people were the ancestors of today’s Native Americans Today, there have been at least seven further sites thought to be connected to the Clovis people So could the bodies discovered here be Clovis settlers who made it all the way to Florida, or did the mysterious people buried here come from somewhere else? What else can you tell me about these bog people? Well there’s some controversy around them The accepted theory on them is they were Clovis people Back when I went to school, I was taught that people that originated from Asia migrated over the Bering Strait land bridge into what is now North America These people were considered what they call Clovis This would be the time period towards the end of the great ice age This was the time of the great mammals like giant sloths, cave bears, saber tooth tigers, woolly mammoths, and many people believe that the Clovis people hunted them So that’s possible that they could have come via that route What do you think? I’m not really buying into that – You’re not? – No What do you think is the truth? I believe they could be European Is that nuts? – European? – Yes No, I don’t think that’s nuts at all In fact, many scholars today are beginning to question whether or not the Clovis people were the first people to come to North America If these bog people came from Europe, like Candida believes, it doesn’t make sense to me that they’d have come from the west A journey from Europe to Florida across the Bering Strait land bridge would be an almost 15,000 mile trip, which seems crazy, but as a geologist, I also know that a sheet of ice may have extended from Europe to North America, and that distance would only be Iran 5,000 miles, making it a much more reasonable route to take If a prehistoric link to Europe could be proven, it’d be a huge deal You know, you sent me a photograph that I wanted to look at So this is the skull from one of the bog people, right? CANDIDA CUT: Yes SCOTT WOLTER: Was there any DNA testing that was done? There was DNA testing done, and it hasn’t been published, however, I heard it was European DNA and not Native American like they initially thought would be European? Yes Do you realize how important this would be if even one of these bodies came back with European DNA? This would be explosive, and it would rewrite a huge chapter of American history This is something we have to get to the bottom of SCOTT (VOICEOVER): When it comes to the history of North

America, most of us have been taught the only people who lived here in prehistoric times came across a land bridge that stretched from Asia to Alaska during the last ice age While no one challenges that migration story, some experts are starting to question whether the people who traveled to America along that route were really the first In Florida, I’m discovering new evidence that could force a rewrite of our past A staggering amount of skeletal remains Bones from 168 people were buried in a bog here, and a local woman told me something shocking She thinks there’s reason to believe these skeletons are European Because she was denied access to the site where the bones were found, I haven’t seen it yet, but I’m about to I’m meeting a bioarchaeologist who has special access to the Windover bog Because she’s someone who studies bones found at archaeological sites, I’m hoping she can tell me about this place and the prehistoric people who lived here So Rachel, tell me what is so significant about this site? Well, the site is significant for several factors One, it’s very ancient It dates to over 7,000 years old, so that makes it significant because a lot of those ancient sites don’t last in the archaeological record There were 168 individuals excavated from the base of this pond, so it’s a very large cemetery It was probably used for many, many hundreds of years, and the preservation is so good, so we have a large population of very well preserved skeletons So really, what we’re talking about, archaeologically, is a site it’s really a goldmine, right? RACHEL WENTZ: Yes, it truly is How was this site first discovered? Well, like most archaeological sites in Florida, it was discovered by accident A backhoe operator was scooping out the muck from the base of the pawn back in 1982 when the housing development was first constructed and happened to spot human remains So I remember reading in your book how he picked up this bowling ball sized rock, rolled it over, and saw these two dark eyes of the skull staring at him That must have freaked him out Yes, it did I mean, originally, he thought he had stumbled on some sort of murder, and it wasn’t until they brought in experts and realized that this was an archaeological site that the excavations began So if we walk right down here, I’ll show you the site Great SCOTT WOLTER: So this is the site? RACHEL WENTZ: This is the pond OK, so just to clarify, you call this a pond, not a bog? Well, it’s a little of both It’s a very mucky pond, but it is a boggish environment, and I mean, these are heavy layers of peat that have built up, which is basically what a bog is Well, obviously, at the time of the dig, it didn’t look like this No, it didn’t When they did the excavations, of course, they had to drain the pond to get out the burials down on the base So each season they came out from 1984 to 1986, they drained the pond and then filled it in after each year OK, so the geochemical conditions of this bog or pond, as you call it, were so unique to allow the preservation of people I mean, that in itself is amazing, but help me understand who were these people and where did they come from RACHEL WENTZ: Well, where they came from is still part of the mystery of finding out who these people were We have to get DNA, and obtaining DNA from ancient remains is really difficult in the Americas because the preservation is usually not very good Windover is an exception because these burials came from a pond, and the preservation was such that we can get DNA Based on examining the remains of these 168 people, what was the primary causes of death for these people? RACHEL WENTZ: They had a lot of fractures, but most of them appear accidental in nature There wasn’t any indication that they were involved in a lot of battles or interpersonal violence What we could see at Windover is a lot of infection, arthritis, dental disease We were able to tell a lot about life and health 7,000 years ago in Florida Pretty tough life back then Oh, yes Why would these people have buried their dead in a pond? RACHEL WENTZ: We have the theme of water permeating a lot of Aboriginal populations It’s part of their origin myths, so whether water signified something to them and their belief system, these are very complex burials These individuals were buried with items they used in life, tools, weaponry, items of adornment They were wrapped in hand-woven textiles,

and they were placed in this pond with probably with great ceremony This is not a simple way to bury someone I was recently on an airboat ride into the swamps here looking at the bogs and the organic material, similar to what we have here, and my understanding is there are two things The neutral pH that was present here to help with the preservation, and the conditions, which are critical for fossil preservation Is that correct? That is correct These were the perfect conditions for the preservation of skeletons So tell me about some of the DNA work that took place The DNA work, of course, is key to finding out where these people originated, and what the DNA tells us is that this is– the people from Windover came from Asian stock, as we believe all Native Americans came from That’s what the DNA indicates at this point Of course, we’re still making new discoveries each year But where did this specific information come that this site had European DNA? When they first identified the particular haplogroup for Windover, they had also identified that in European stock So initially, the conclusion was, oh, my gosh, there’s a connection here, but what they have since found is that haplogroup the group originated in Asia It’s a very ancient haplogroup, and it’s very unique in North America Windover is one of very few that has this signature, but everything we have found indicates that these people came from Asia So you’re saying there was nothing found here that indicates a European origin at all? Is that correct? The skeletons, the DNA, the artifacts are typical of what we find here in North America for that time period We’re still trying to tease out when people arrived in the Americas, how they got here, whether they walked via land bridges or skirted the coast using watercraft, and then there are some that believe they didn’t come from Asia at all, that there were some migrants coming over from across the Atlantic, and it’s very controversial It is controversial But I know there’s someone at the Smithsonian is examining a possible connection between European culture and ancient Native Americans Really? Yes So there’s somebody at the Smithsonian who is investigating the possibility of a European origin for Native Americans here in the United States? Well, if that’s true, that is a big deal, and I have to go check it out SCOTT (VOICEOVER): I’m investigating America’s [m ancient history, and I’m questioning if the earliest people to come to America thousands of years ago may not have been who we thought or have come from where we’ve been taught The established prehistory of our country says migrants known as the Clovis people got here first by crossing a land bridge from Asia around 15,000 years ago But what if that’s all wrong? Some believe ancient travelers may have crossed an ice sheet arriving in North America even earlier, but from the other direction, entirely I met a woman in Florida who believes that immaculately preserved skeletons found in a peat bog could be European, while the bioarchaeologist I just met disagrees But even if the skeletons aren’t European, someone does believe prehistoric European travelers made it to America, and that someone comes from the last place I’d expect The dusty halls of the Smithsonian The Smithsonian is known for housing some of the most renowned artifacts From the Hope Diamond, thought to be the world’s largest blue diamond, to the Star Spangled Banner that inspired the US national anthem, to the hat worn by Abraham Lincoln on the night of his assassination The Smithsonian houses some of the world’s most valuable treasures, but they are not known for challenging the status quo There are even legends and conspiracy theories suggesting the Smithsonian withholds evidence to suppress the truth That’s why it’s shocking to me that my next clue could be hidden behind these doors Well, Dennis, I’m curious, what do you think about the urban legends about the Smithsonian is hiding artifacts? Oh, well, the artifacts we curate and take care of here

are properties of the people– I’d say the world OK And if you make an appointment, we’ll show you anything we have I’m going to take you up on that All right What I’m trying to understand better is the first peopling of America’s Maybe, in fact, it came from Europe across the ice bridge down into North America Well, the evidence that we’ve found supports that idea almost 100% It looks like ice age Europeans did get to North America probably 23,000 years ago That’s not what I was taught in school Me either SCOTT (VOICEOVER): Dr. Stanford’s theory is revolutionary He believes that the Solutreans, a group of ancient people from modern day France, traveled to America sometime between 14,000 and 25,000 years ago, predating even the Clovis people, who were thought to have been here first around 15,000 years ago Stanford thinks the Solutreans migrated from the East Coast of the United States and shared their distinctive tool making skills with Clovis people who came from the west The Clovis people used advanced stone tools eerily similar to tools found in Solutra, France Explain to me this migration of the Solutrean people from Europe to North America How did that happen? DENNIS STANFORD: Well, basically, let’s look at this map here You see that these people are all along what’s currently the north coast of Spain and southwest France, but during the Ice Age, the coast is clear out here because the lower sea level SCOTT WOLTER: So you created more land out into what is now the ocean, where these people were living, and now, it’s under 200, 300 feet of water DENNIS STANFORD: Well, for instance, right here, there’s over 400,000 acres that are now underwater that would have been available for people and animals to utilize Where do people like to live? You know, when you turn on the satellite view of the world at night, where’s most of the lights? SCOTT WOLTER: Around the coastline DENNIS STANFORD: Right around the coastlines And the coast is an easier place to make a living than any place else What do you really need during a real cold period is fat Right And seals are the primary thing they’re after Wait a minute Now, what you’re suggesting is they would have to have boats? Boats have been around for 50,000 years When you have a boat, water bodies, such as oceans, rivers, lakes, no longer barriers, they’re highways So what you’re suggesting is we had a migration or a movement from Europe to North America? Well, that what the ultimate outcome is So the Solutrean people were living here and then began to migrate, feeding off the seals and making their way west DENNIS STANFORD: They no doubt landed and worked their way south over the years As a matter of fact, here’s a specimen, which is a Solutrean type biface called a laurel leaf, and this one was found at the intersection of the James and Appomattox river in Virginia Really? But guess what? It’s made out of flint from France Wait a minute So you’re saying this piece here was found in Virginia– what is now Virginia– but the rock itself, this chert, is French chert? Yes, exactly So somebody brought this rock or this artifact from Europe to Virginia That’s the only thing that could have happened? Absolutely And what time did that happen? Well, the artifact itself dates probably around 20,000 years old These are all local rocks from Virginia This is getting into some pretty controversial territory You realize that, right? Totally SCOTT (VOICEOVER): Dennis Stanford’s vast collection of artifacts supports the idea of a Solutrean migration to America more than 20,000 years ago Even though Dr. Rachel Wentz in Windover told me the DNA of the bog people in Florida wasn’t European, not everyone agrees, and I think it’s important to hear what Dennis thinks So Dennis, I was recently in Florida, and I looked at these bog people I’m sure you’ve heard about Could this suggest, down in Florida, that there were Solutrean and Clovis people from Europe that came down there? Actually, I think it might, because the DNA that they think these people had comes from Europe, and it probably came from Europe around 23,000 years ago SCOTT (VOICEOVER): Dennis’ belief that there is a connection between the bog people in ancient Europe contradicts what I heard from the expert at the site Dennis speculates that even if the 7,000 year old bog people are not the Solutreans, they’re still an important connection I think they are definitely the descendants

of the Solutreans without a doubt We are getting a lot of these Solutreans kind of artifacts in Florida as well, I might add SCOTT WOLTER: Really? Well, what’s really interesting is this engraving of a mammoth that’s on a fragment of a bone from an extremely large animal So with this size animal, it would have to be either a mammoth, a mastodon, or a ground sloth And doesn’t that tell us something about the age right there? That tells us that it’s at least over 11,000 years old, which is when these animals all went extinct Some people think that this is a mammoth, but personally, I don’t because of the configuration of the back of the animal It fits better a mastodon than it does a mammoth SCOTT (VOICEOVER): Mammoth and mastodons are related, but mastodons were slightly smaller with shorter legs, a lower flatter head, and an average height of to nine feet in contrast to the 9 to 12 foot tall mammoth Fossils for both creatures have been found in North America, having been hunted by man Well, I have to say, Dennis, you say it’s a mastodon, some people say it’s a mammoth, why does it matter? Because there are no mastodons in Europe, there are only mammoths So it couldn’t have been copied from European cave art is really what that means Exactly We’ve examined this in great detail, and there’s absolutely nothing on the specimen itself that says fake Who found this? A gentleman by the name of James Kennedy found it Dennis, this is amazing stuff, and it really hits me hard, personally, because I was taught that the peopling of the Americas came from Asia across the Bering Strait land bridge into the Americas, but your work suggests that the peopling of America, that was part of the story, but in fact, the new chapter is coming from what is Europe into what is now the Americas, and this bone here seems to be a key piece of evidence to support this new theory I mean, this changes the paradigm in a huge way SCOTT (VOICEOVER): I’m returning to Florida on a mission to discover if prehistoric Europeans were actually the first to make it to America The established historical record says that Native Americans crossed a land bridge from Asia to North America around 13,000 BC, and while no one’s downplaying the incredibly rich Native American culture, what I’ve learned is that ice age explorers from Europe may have also made it here, perhaps even 20,000 years ago One of the pieces of evidence is a carving found by a man in Florida It’s the oldest piece of art ever found in North America, and it’s a critical clue in what amounts to a prehistoric mystery So you’re the guy who found the mammoth carving? Yes, sir I’m trying to understand who the first humans were to North America Did they come from Asia, like is the prevailing theory, or did they come from Europe, and then I talked to Dennis Stanford, and he’s absolutely convinced that the first people that came here were Europeans, the Solutreans, from around France A big piece of evidence that really got him excited was your amazing discovery, so I want to learn more about that Well, I’ve got one of the replicas that the Smithsonian– – Is that over there? – Yeah, hold on Let me get it for you This isn’t exactly the same one This is one of the cast Tell me a little more about it How did you find it? Well, the story is funny This thing sat under my sink for 2 and 1/2 years at least Really? Yeah, I went to a dig site that we have that’s private, and we collected a bunch of bones that day, put them in a box, I was going to take them down to the flea market give them away to small children there I took the bone out and I rinsed it off I was standing over my sink, and the light above my sink caught it just right, and I noticed the engraving on it This is one of the most important artifacts ever found in North America Well, what did you think when you first saw it? Well, honestly, I’m not an archaeologist I wasn’t aware of just how important it was So how did Dennis Stanford find out about it? I called the Smithsonian Institution and the head of archeology there So obviously, the word began to spread What was the reaction of the scholars and other archaeologists? Total skepticism until they saw it

Really? Yes Every single test that there was known to man this has been put through There have been archaeologists here from Europe, all over the world All of them have done one thing They all agree that it’s real Well, to be quite honest with you, I don’t find it unbelievable, and I don’t find it a stretch at all To me, it seems quite reasonable, and now, the evidence is starting to come forward, and this is a key piece to that whole question Who came to America first? Sounds like the Solutreans Yes, and human beings always tend to surprise us Every year, we find out something new In 1855, if they would have told you, well, we’re going to be on the moon, they would have thrown you out of the village I mean, this artifact all by itself can change the history of North America People coming here hadn’t been from Europe Yes, I agree In fact, this whole area in Vero Beach has a history of ancient artifacts and relics SCOTT WOLTER: Really? Yes, it does, and I have an old friend We could meet at one of those sites– the Vero man site– to give you a lot of history on that Let’s go OK SCOTT (VOICEOVER): The discovery of James’ carving is having a big impact on this area of Florida and causing experts to take another look at other ancient archaeological finds The Vero site is one of them Located 75 miles south of the Windover bog where the bog people were found The Vero site was first excavated in 1915 Bones from at least five different people were discovered and dated back to the Ice Age At the time they were discovered, people thought there were no humans in America before 6,000 years ago, so finding human bones here with extinct ice age mammals, like the mastodon in mammoth, changed our understanding of the past Now, there’s renewed interest in excavating this area, something that might, again change what we think we know about our history I want to see this site for myself, and I’m interested in James as historian friend named Gene Roddenberry, who shares a name with the creator of TV Star Trek Well, Gene, it was nice of you to join us here today GENE RODDENBERRY: It’s a pleasure A pleasure And I have to ask GENE RODDENBERRY: Yes? Any connection to that Gene Roddenberry of Star Trek fame? He and I had the same great great great great great grandfather [laughter] OK, so there is That’s cool Yes I was recently at the Windover site looking at the bog people A cemetery that has bodies there that date back to at least 7,000 maybe 8,000 years ago James mentioned the burial site that there were human remains also found here That is correct With big creatures, right? Very big creatures OK, what do you know about that? Well, this site, originally, what you have is an excavation for a canal that was dug in 1915, I believe, and they started digging a large Pleistocene megafauna bones up Megatherium, giant ground sloth, mastodon, turtle, deer, alligator, horse So they were found together with human bones? Right in here What makes James’ mastodon carvings so important is that, until the middle of the 1800s, nobody knew what a mastodon looked like All they had was bones Right Whoever etched that mastodon had to have see one That’s what makes it so important You know, most people don’t realize that giant mammoths and mastodons and these huge mammals lived together with humans I mean, humans actually hunted them, so they definitely were together There’s no question about that Do you think that the human remains found here could be related to ancient Europeans that came over here? It’s certainly possible OK, well, those bones would be really important to study, then Where are they now? The early finds here are lost Nobody knows where they are I mean, they’re completely gone? Completely gone Do you think that’s by accident, or do you think there is something going on? It’s certainly possible But in this particular case, what we need is some fresh evidence This place is absolutely a treasure trove of fossils and different pieces here In this whole argument, were the Solutreans here first or is it Clovis, there needs to be more evidence collected, so it can’t be denied any longer SCOTT (VOICEOVER): I’m in Florida, where the discovery of bodies in a bog, an 11,000 year old carving of a mastodon, and old bones have the potential to rewrite history

Evidence like this suggests the Solutreans, a group of people from prehistoric France traveled from Europe to North America, over 20,000 years ago But I want to find more This whole area Florida is littered with fossils that could be connected to this mystery, and if anyone can help me find fossils, it’s James Kennedy He’s an avid fossil hunter, and the one who discovered what’s possibly the oldest man made carving in the United States Hey, James JAMES KENNEDY: Hey, man Great day to get out there I’m ready to see if we can find some more evidence that ancient cultures from Europe made it here to Florida Maybe dating back as far as 25,000 years ago according to the Dennis Stanford, and that bone you found with the mammoth carving on it, there could be another one, could there? Well, I don’t think an artist would only make one painting There’s a lot of stuff out here This place is rich in fossils I’ve found them my whole life I’ve been digging this stuff up SCOTT WOLTER: So you think we have a chance? JAMES KENNEDY: Yes, sir I say we go We’re not going to find anything sitting here talking about – I’m here Let’s go – All right James is taking me to a place near where he found his carving I want to look for more fossils that could figure into this mystery It looks some rock on that edge of that beach over there, and there’s some on this side too The area he’s taking me to is known as the spoil islands These islands are made of material the Army Corps of Engineers tossed aside when they dug out canals here in the 1940s Geologically, this is an ideal place to find fossils Ancient bones that may once have been buried under layers of soil were upturned when these islands were created If I can find fossils of creatures like ancient mastodons or mammoth here, then they could also contain carvings that might tell us who was here first So you like this spot, huh? Yeah, I like this This is good SCOTT WOLTER: So what am I looking for? Well, mainly the texture on it You look for the bone marrow a lot of times That you find a lot of, because most of these pieces are broken You’ll have a smooth side and a rough side The main color we’re looking for is the tan and red like rust red because of the iron ore content in the ground here, the bone absorbs lots of that SCOTT WOLTER: Well, there’s a lot of rocks here that have that color Well, that’s why we’ve got to go through them So shape too, I suppose Yes If it looks like a bone, it look probably is a bone, right? Yes SCOTT WOLTER: Let’s find something JAMES KENNEDY: Let’s find it, brother Is this something JAMES KENNEDY: Yes, it is That’s crocodile See these pits? That’s crocodile jaw is what that is Absolutely – So I got one? Yeah, that’s it SCOTT WOLTER: What’s that? JAMES KENNEDY: Looks like bone Another one? There it is That’s two That’s mammoth or mastodon is what that is That’s a big one, isn’t it? Yeah, that’s that’s part of the other guy we found over there, I’m sure – Nice! Wait a minute What’s that? JAMES KENNEDY: That’s mastodon tooth SCOTT WOLTER: This is mastodon? JAMES KENNEDY: Yeah, look at the knuckles Wait a minute Is that a too– that’s a tooth That’s a piece of the tooth Shut up! Is that really? That’s mastodon No, I think it is Look at that See how it’s worn right there? JAMES KENNEDY: Yeah, that’s where he was chewing SCOTT WOLTER: And the points right here JAMES KENNEDY: This is what I told you, brother Mastodon! JAMES KENNEDY: Yeah Here’s what we’ve got so far The human bones that were found at the Windover bog site and at Vero Beach absolutely proves that there were human beings here at least 8,000 years ago And Dr. Stanford’s evidence at the Smithsonian was very compelling He thinks, and I think he’s right that the Solutreans came over here from Europe perhaps as long ago as 25,000 years, and that mammoth bone you found with the carving absolutely supports DNA Stanford’s theory that it was the Europeans that came over here The evidence is mounting to the point where it’s impossible to deny And I agree with you on that, and the mammoth carving that I found is very much so the proof all I ever needed and Dr. Stanford, but I also have something else

I want to show you too, Scott You have something else? I have only showed this to a few of the experts, a few of the scientists, and I’ve waited for this time to talk to you and show you I have another carving You do? Yes, I do And this one, not only shows the animals from the Ice Age, it shows human interaction with those animals All right, we’re done collecting Let’s go look at it Let’s go All right, man Ay, man Take your eyepiece and look at this After the other piece, I started going through all the ones I took from that area, and there it was And this is the original piece? Yes If you look here, you’ll see a man holding a spear over his head There’s another carving here, it’s a fish What? And it’s got an eye there No way Where did you find this? Same place As the mastodon carving? Yes, well, if this was found together with the mastodon carving and Dennis Stanford said it was at least 13,000 years, which would not be Clovis, this has got to be a Solutrean man right here This is amazing I like this better than the mastodon I do too Has Dennis Stanford seen this yet? No, he knows about it Do you realize what you have here? Not really, I’ve kept it more of a secret This is amazing Scientifically, this changes everything about the history of our country Right here, we could have a Solutrean man A man that dates back over 13,000 years, maybe even back 25,000 years here in North America This could be one of the first North Americans ever to come here After leaving Florida, there was little doubt in my mind that the salute trends from Europe did make it to America, but the truth is, it doesn’t matter who is first, what does matter is that their stories are told From the people whose remains were discovered in the Windover bog to the mastodon carving to the Native Americans and Clovis people who made an epic journey across the Bering Strait land bridge long ago What’s important is that they’re all part of the same story The story of America The story of people who’ve been working alongside each other no matter where they’re from Sharing ideas, technology, and creating a home for thousands of years