By J.S. Slaymaker. THE BARNES REVIEW published an article by John Nugent in its May/June 2000 issue regarding the discovery of a skull and some other skeletal fossil remains of an individual who has come to be known as “Kennewick Man.” Kennewick Man is said by scientists to be one of the most ancient human remains thus far unearthed in America and was radiocarbon dated to be about 9,400 years old. What has piqued the attention of many students of the subject is that the composition of the skeletal structure is without a doubt Caucasoidal rather than Mongoloid—or, to be more specific, those stocks of the Mongoloid race we have come to regard as the “native Americans” (or Amerindians, Eskimos and Aleuts). The national media is almost at a loss for words as, due to the unexpected discovery of such inconvenient facts, their own historically tainted doctrines of political correctness now hang in the balance.
Voluminous works in circulation today, although politically incorrect, set forth historically sound theories regarding the origins of the early Americans. As professional opinion is somewhat divided among historians, anthropologists and archeologists, controversy seems to be the ultimate rule of the day, both within and without the academic community. The question here seems to be exactly where the first migrants came from and what other Old World voyagers joined them before the time of Christopher Columbus. Although this brief article is by no means exhaustive, and because such information is open to various interpretations, there is simply not enough evidence to satisfy everyone completely. [Read the entire article as PDF…]