Before working out the headlines of our new anthropological discovery, that Native-American lineage was confirmed, let us take a swift journey back in time.
Imagine that, by some uncanny manner, you are taken back approximately 11.500 years ago, to an Alaskan fishing camp. Life went by very quickly, people tend to each other’s needs, days will go by you, standing there and admiring man’s simple way of life. Life would flourish and then it would plunge into darkness. How would these facts affect our modern way of living?
A tragedy, no doubts, by any other name, is the death of an infant. Not even Mahler, with his Kindertotenlieder, could convey the feelings of a mother whose child now lies inert at her feet.
Coming back to more modern times, and using a scientific approach of the issue, rather than falling into the fancy of writing fiction, the archeological and anthropological discovery bears an immense significance among the scientific community.
At the archeological site situated in Alaska, researchers uncovered the burial place of three Native-American children. Two of the children were perfectly preserved beneath the ground, while the third was cremated. As the scientist could discern, the interment was prompted by a ceremony, as different cult objects such as hunting darts made from antlers were discovered in the grave. Also, the two children were lying on a red ocher.
A precise cause of death could not be established, but scientist were able to extract mitochondrial DNA (with the courtesy of the Native-American representatives), in order to conduct of series of lab examinations. And so, the Native-American lineage was confirmed.
Results showed that not only the two children didn’t share the same womb, but that a there is also a genetic diversity among the Native-American inhabitants. Also, the results prove to be very valuable from a historical point of view.
According to the existing scientific literature, the first people who entered the American continent, used a bridge to travel over the Bering Strait, approximately 30.000 years ago. As the Ice Age was approaching, some of them that lived in the subarctic regions vanished without a trace, while most of them relocated further down south.
This discovery is considered monumental because it comes again to reinforce the general theory that the people who came through the Bering Strait settled in this area for at least 10000 years before they had to move further down south.
This finding prompted the scientist to make additional research into the matter in order to shed some light on some gaps in our history.