Evidence has emerged of an ancient civilization of mastodon hunters that was extant 15,000 years ago in present-day Florida.
Researchers have found stone implements along with mastodon fossils in a body of water in Florida. This is proof that human beings had their settlements in this region some 1500 years earlier than was previously thought to be the case by scientists.
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The finding was made on the Aucilla River. It is a 45 minute drive from Tallahassee. This happens to be the oldest site where ancient human beings lived in the southeastern United States. It goes back some 15,000 years in the past.
One of the researchers said that it was a really big deal. There were a lot of people who settled here and the most important question was regarding their lifestyle.
“This is a big deal,” said Florida State University Assistant Professor of Anthropology Jessi Halligan. “There were people here. So how did they live? This has opened up a whole new line of inquiry for us as scientists as we try to understand the settlement of the Americas.”
The inhabitants of Early America is the topic which comes to mind when you think of the fossils found in this area. There are many sites spread across North America that are about 13,000 years old. However, there are about half a dozen or less sites that are older than that. This one happens to be one of them.
The excavation of the Page-Ladson site which is quite a few feet below sea level in the Aucilla River took place recently. This site bears the surname of Buddy Page, a diver who identified it way back in the 80s.
Also the Ladson family which is the owner of the land has lent it its joint title. In the 80s and 90s the site was subject to intense exploration by researchers.
Stone odds and ends along with a tusk of a mastodon were collected from the site. The mastodon tusk had been scraped in various places and it was 14,000 years old according to the carbon dating.
Little attention was paid to this find way back then. Between 2012 and 2014, several other clues were brought out into the open from this site. Knifes with razor sharp edges that were used to slaughter animals were discovered.
The original mastodon tusk showed signs of having been removed from the skull of the animal with a sharp tool. This tusk was probably excised to get at the soft meat underneath it.
Probably a group of people called Clovis settled around this area some 15,000 years ago. They were the first settlers in North America.
The research work has reached some very exciting conclusions regarding the find. The usual story of how America was settled will be undergoing a radical shift thanks to this novel evidence which just came in recently.
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The findings of this study appeared in online publication of May 13 in Science Advances.