Discovering the past in the future


Tyler Murphy

As mankind is propelled forward at unprecedented speeds by modern technology these advances are offering our race an ever more elaborate view of how the past unfolded.

Using new dating techniques and methods we’re learning more and looking further back into the past than ever before. With each new cutting edge discovery we are slowly unraveling the world’s ancient mysteries. As with so many other scientific discoveries what we’re finding is that perhaps we’ve underestimated our forbearers sophistication and it’s slowly changing everything we thought we knew.

For example: Just recently archaeologists allegedly found a trove of thousands of tools that pre-date the land bridge theory for human migration to America. 

That means ancient man may have had the power to cross sizable distances along coasts or even open water. There have been theories for sometime claiming very ancient people may have actually developed mariner skills ten of thousands of years before the first known written language. Which we believe was Cuneiform about 6,000 year ago when the first of what we consider “civilization” began in 4,000 BC. (A.k.a 30 to 40 centuries before the alleged birth of Christ) The writing was part of the earliest known civilization in a region know as Mesopotamia, often called the “Cradle of Civilization.” Today we call is mostly Iraq, though parts of other neighboring middle eastern countries were also a part.

The land bridge idea might have still accounted for some migrations but more and more scientists are finding an emerging pattern of several different migrations, and how they go here is still of great debate. One thing that seems to becoming apparent is the idea of people crossing a physical/frozen sea land bridge from Russia to Alaska is really only part of a larger story. Which begs a whole host of questions and notions about early people being as primitive as we thought. 

I recently read a book that talked a lot about early human migration and just how much we don’t know about it, A short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson. It was one of the best books I’ve read in my entire life and I highly recommend it.

Another example: Archaeologist discovered tools and remains of modern humans in the heart of Australia’s mainland which are more than 40,000 years old.

There is no evidence to explain this. The American land bridge was 13,500 years ago but there is no and never has been a land bridge to Australia. Even by island hopping on small seafaring crafts the only way to get to Australia’s coast would be to blindly cast off across the deep blue sea at several different points between the dispersed land masses. There is no evidence to suggest this either, it’s just a best-guess theory and even this line of thought implies established travel routes, open ocean navigation and ship building abilities considered beyond early humans. But I guess not because obviously enough people made it to Australia to create an early civilization.

On top of that the remains were burned and then buried and scientists have claimed it shows the earliest know evidence of ritualized cremation. Again, surprising signs of an advancing nomadic culture that shouldn’t have been there to begin with.

A key question is navigation after losing sight of land how such a ship might have been powered or constructed, not to mention the level of human organization and communication required, is a historical mystery. Again this evidence even predates our estimates of advanced structured language. 

The more we learn the less we know.