Okay, I was watching this on the History Channel yesterday, and there was this guy up there who really started to irritate me. I don’t remember which one, but they were talking about the Solutrean Clovis Hypothesis. This is an intriguing theory that points out the astonishing similarity between Clovis Points and Solutrean, astonishing because the Solutreans were from northern Spain and southern France, while the Clovis people were here in North America.
Anyway, this guy was trying to refute the hypothesis, which I find reasonable, and I was okay with that, to each his own and all that, when he started talking about the absence of “European” language traces in various American Indian dialects.
Well, first, so many of those languages are extinct, how do we know that one or more of them might not have had similarities. And, second, and more to the point, Clovis ended rather abruptly approximately 12,900 years ago. There were no so called “European” languages in Europe at that time, much less in Virginia. The Indo-Europeans, who brought the ancestor tongues of English, Spanish, Greek, etc. into Europe didn’t arrive there until after this period. The only pre-European language currently spoken in modern Europe is Basque, part of the hypothetical Franco-Cantabrian language family. This is only one language. Can you imagine the number of languages once spoken in Europe that no longer exist?
Also, there was another people living in North America at the time, who came here from Siberia. We know from DNA evidence that today’s American Indian population can trace it’s lineage to Siberia. How many Clovis people died in the harsh environment of the Younger Dryas? How many as a direct result of the Clovis Impact? There was probably some peaceful interchange, both cultural and genetic, between the two peoples, but, as conditions continued to decline, I imagine there was also a lot of conflict. All we know is that by the end of the Younger Dryas, Clovis is long gone, and Folsom has taken its place.
Okay, I’m stepping off my soapbox. Rant over, lol.