Life Before the Clovis: Portable Rock Art as Evidence of Pre Ice Age Humans in North America
The worship of carved stone dates back to man’s earliest evolution. Portable rock art is human made markings on movable natural rock or stone. A global phenomenon, these Stone Age objects have been found in many regions of the world with similar motifs. Some of the natural shape and properties of rocks were exploited to achieve the desired visual results. Although difficult to date portable rock art, it does provide an important link in building a chronology of art, and thus the evolution of prehistoric man. Mainstream archaeology dismisses the validity of most portable rock art, especially in North America.
Worldwide Portable Rock Art
The Göbekli Tepe site in Turkey is one of the world’s most important archaeological sites. On their official website, portable rock art from the dig site is prominently displayed, referring to them only as “Early Neolithic miniature masks.”
Miniature mask from Göbekli Tepe, made from a flint cortex (Photo: N. Becker, DAI/ CC BY NC SA 4.0 )
Jul Jones, the curator of Rock Art Museum in New Brunswick, Canada and author of RockArtMuseum.com, has collected thousands of local prehistoric portable rock art . Some of these carved rocks clearly depict pre ice age archaic humans and animals. The depictions of cave lions, short-faced bears, elephants, and monkeys belonged to an extinct group of 90 plus genera of gigantic animals. Most of them roamed North America and Europe for millions of years prior to the megafauna extinction event 13,000 to 11,000 years ago. Some of Rock Art Museum's portable rock art collection has similar motifs to those found in Europe which have been dated to a million or more years old.
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Examples of portable rock art. (Author provided)
Why Haven’t Pre Ice Age Hominin Remains Been Discovered in North America?
Mainstream science acknowledges that animals crossed the Bering Strait from Siberia into North America for millions of years. Prehistoric man has always migrated following food sources. It’s only logical that hominins also crossed over during the last 2 million years.
Pre ice age hominin remains haven’t yet been discovered in North America, according to the Smithsonian. However this does not mean they don’t exist. Neanderthal bones were first discovered in Belgium in 1829. Using the latest scientific advances, Neanderthal DNA has now been found in deep excavations in Eurasia, where no bones were found. Denisovan bones were first discovered in Siberia in 2008. Denisovans were physically much larger than Neanderthals and modern humans. Even with over 1,000 reports of giant skeletons in the USA, the Smithsonian denies any knowledge of these skeletons. The recent discovery of 130,000 year old mastodon bones that were clearly hunted by hominins in California, was acknowledged by the Smithsonian but only as a remote possibility.
The nearly 100-year-old 'Clovis-First' hypothesis is still the predominant mainstream belief. It says humans first existed in North America 13,000 years ago. However, there have been many credible archaeological finds in the last few decades to the contrary .
The Smithsonian acknowledges that archaic humans populated numerous locations around the globe by approximately 2 million years ago, except for the Americas. Homo erectus was never extinct, but evolved into a more advanced human species. Homo neanderthalensis populated Eurasia 600,000 to 25,000 years ago. Neanderthals migrated between western and eastern Eurasia, interbreeding with archaic and modern humans.
A timeline of hominid evolution, the temperature of Earth since 60 million years ago, and two major events related to the peopling of the Americas. (Author provided)
The Dangers of Studying Pre Clovis Sites
American archaeologists are concerned, “They are being prevented from studying ancient remains that cannot be traced to any Native American historic tribe.” A growing number of researchers are contradicting the establishment’s refusal to look at and fairly evaluate the mounting evidence for earlier hominins in the Americas. North American archaeologists can literally put their careers in jeopardy to try to excavate or research a Pre-Clovis or glacial period site.
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Why Pre-Clovis is Ignored?
One of the possible reasons for the suppression of portable rock art, and therefore the origins of man, is that it would inevitably lead to a more unwanted focus on the recent past. As a result, too many embarrassing discussions would end up being rehashed about man’s inhumanity to man, sanctioned by our governments and churches during the last 500 years of European global colonization.
One of the most common threads in archaeology today is, “Much older than previously thought.”
Top Image: Native American Tiny 'Elephant Stones', Mammoth Effigies, Carvings, Totems From Pennsylvania. Portable rock art such as this has been found globally. Source: Charlotte Keep/ CC BY NC SA 2.0
By Jul Jones
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