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Austin Whittall


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Stone tool from Oregon is older than 15,8 kya


Modern humans have been in America for quite some time (and the hard facts of dated tools should be used to adjust the clocks used in molecular studies). An example is this interesting finding from Riley, Oregon:


Evidence of One of the Oldest Human Occupations in Western United States Discovered on BLM Land in Southeast Oregon, which was published by the Bureau of Land Management of the US Government on March 5, 2015.; I quote it below:


"Beneath the layer of volcanic ash, archaeologists discovered a small orange agate tool believed to have been used for scraping animal hides, butchering, and possibly carving wood. A blood residue analysis of the tool revealed animal proteins consistent with bison, the most likely species being Bison antiquus, an extinct ancestor of the modern buffalo.
...what has the archaeological community most excited is a small stone tool found below a layer of volcanic ash.
Near the bottom of a 12-foot deposit, archeologists discovered a layer of ash that was identified as volcanic ash from a Mt. St. Helens eruption about 15,800 years ago. Beneath the layer of volcanic ash, archaeologists discovered a small orange agate tool believed to have been used for scraping animal hides, butchering, and possibly carving wood. A blood residue analysis of the tool revealed animal proteins consistent with bison, the most likely species being Bison antiquus, an extinct ancestor of the modern buffalo. “The discovery of this tool below a layer of undisturbed ash that dates to 15,800 years old means that this tool is likely more than 15,800 years old, which would suggest the oldest human occupation west of the Rockies,” said Scott Thomas, BLM Burns District archaeologist.
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This does open the door to more findings. Below is the tool, BLM photo:


It could have been made by any of our ancestors. Check out these examples:


Acheulean scraper


acheulean

Mousterian scraper


mousterian scraper

Oldowan scraper


oldowan tool

Native American scraper



Two million years separate the Oldowan and the Native American scrapers, and the Acheulean scraper of Homo erectus and the Neandertal Mousterian scraper lie in between. And all are so very similar!

So, could the Oregon scraper belong to another non-sapiens group?


Possibly, but the official explanation will be: modern human.



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3 comments:

  1. Good one austin,

    WesternDigs.org has a really good writeup on that find,
    http://westerndigs.org/stone-tool-unearthed-in-oregon-hints-at-oldest-human-occupation-in-western-u-s/
    The tool was found 200 millimeters below the 15,800 year old Mt. St. Helens ash layer, that makes it much older than 15,800 years old.
    Orange agate beach cobbles and pebbles can be found on the oregon coast. That fact is very intruiging as obsidian is very common in the area wheere the flake was found, and there are good sources of cherts not to far away.
    It sure has the feel of something very archaic, doesnt it?

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  2. Austin, if you will send me a physical address i will send you a disc of tools i found in Georgia at an ancient quarry site which are clearly NOT described in Clovis and later Native American cultures, which you may post here if you like.Mark Corbitt

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    1. Thanks for the offer Mark, but I am afraid tha the excessive zeal of Argentine Customs officials (this is South America) will end up with me not getting the stone tool. If you can share a photo I will gladly upload it to the blog. It sounds iteresting indeed.
      Austin

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