I’ve posted about this archaeological enigma near Puebla, Mexico before (see link below) but recently I ran across an article about the project written by Dr. Virginia Steen-McIntyre who was one of the geologists on the original project that I found interesting.
I absolutely love her opening sentence in this article which asks the question, “Was someone actively hunting mammoth in Mexico a quarter-million years ago?” Well obviously the evidence says someone WAS but that evidence has been covered up and downplayed by the mainstream because it doesn’t jive with their assertion that man has only been in the Americas since the end of the last ice age some 10-12 kya! That’s all fine and well but the evidence uncovered by Dr. Steen-McIntyre and others on the research team say otherwise.
In the article Dr. Steen-McIntyre provides geological evidence that humans WERE hunting mammoth in Mexico 250 kya and that evidence if not simple speculation but HARD FACT! In fact, she says that the dates arrived at using radiometric methods are actually closer to 275 kya. And this date is for the YOUNGEST site of FOUR SITES known as Hueyatlaco.
Fifteen meters (about 50 ft) in the sediment which is only exposed when the reservoir water is abnormally low is the oldest site known as “El Horno” which is a mastodon kill site and it was here at this oldest site that the team found a slim stone flake still wedged between two teeth of a fossilized mastodon. “Someone,” says Dr Steen-McIntyre, “had tried to remove one of the molars.” Uranium series dates on the tooth indicated this was about 280 kya!
Of course the scientific evidence and radiometric dates fly in the face of what the mainstream says about man in the Americas. They say these dates are impossible so they simply ignore them. What’s new?
Dr. Steen-McIntyre writes that the amateur archaeologist and historian Juan Armenia Camacho who first discovered some of the artifacts originally found flaked stones made of flint, quartz, and bone that were obviously man-made. In 1935 he found a fossil leg bone in the area with an embedded flint spearhead still in it! Clearly, this is evidence of ancient human hunting in the area and there’s no denying that no matter how you try to spin it! Question was who and when?
For the next 30 years Juan spent his every moment of free-time looking for more evidence of ancient human hunters in the area. He ended up finding OVER 100 partial skeletons of butchered mammoths and mastodons along with other smaller creatures like camels. Many of the bones showed CLEAR signs of HUMAN activity! These included things like cut marks on the bones left at ancient humans butchered the meat from these animals. He also found splinters of bone that had been smoothed and sharpened for use as tools along with bones cracked so ancient human hunters could get the the vitamin rich marrow inside. And he also found the mammoth jaw with the embedded stone spear point still lodged in the jaw! These finds were simply ignored by the establishment. And this is how ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS that denial was…………..the establishment ignored Juan’s finds and said everything he found was the RESULT OF NATURE, NOT MAN!! Can you believe that? Boy the establishment really had to scrape the bottom of the barrel for that excuse!
That didn’t stop Juan from continuing his research and his finds soon drew the attention of other scientists who realized what the significance of his finds might mean for the story of man. Money was raised and the Valesquillo Project was launched in 1962. Among those was a young archaeologist by the name of Cynthia Irwin-Williams from Harvard. During the first summer of exploration and excavation she along with Juan located no less than four sites on the north shore of the Valesquillo Reservoir where they found fossilized bones and stone tools together in situ!! Obvious EVIDENCE of a kill site! And these were found in the sediment layers NOT simply atop the ground! These sites were named El Horno, El Mirador, Tecacaxco, and Hueyatlaco.
Irwin-Williams and Juan concentrated first on the Hueyatlaco site as it has a lot of fossilized bones and two distinct artifact types. One type was simple unifacial tools which were made simply by chipping the edges of natural stone flakes (Oldowan tools) and these were found in a LOWER AND OLDER layer of sediment. The second type was more complex worked bifacial stone tools discovered in numerous UPPER AND YOUNGER sediment layers. Thus, the more primitive stone tools were the oldest. Further, a thick layer of younger sediment contained several volcanic ash and pumice layers as well. Stone projectile points (spearheads) were also found in both types of stone tools (simple and complex) and they were associated with butchered bones from very large prehistoric animals including mammoths and mastodons. What this indicated was that ancient human hunters/tool-makers were present in the area long ago and that rather than scavenging they were actively hunting down large game.
Dating the Hueyatlaco site came next but there was a problem. No carbon was preserved at the site! No charcoal, wood, or shell. In fact there was none at any of the four sites! No carbon means no C14 dating is possible. Bones contain carbon but at this site all of the bones had been mineralized, fossilized, and turned to stone! Whatever carbon they once contained was now long gone! The need for the Hueyatlaco site and the others to be dated and the lack of carbon is what brought Virginia Steen-McIntyre to the team in 1966. She was young and enthusiastic. She was a geologist grad student who was a volcanic ash specialist.
Steen-McIntyre was convinced that she could provide dates for the sites using microscopic techniques she’d learned at Harvard. She would match undated volcanic layers with the dated volcanic layers from the volcanoes surrounding the area. Basically the method involves finding at least one match. One eruption equals the same date! Rather simple, no? The sites could then be dated based on the eruption date. She began her work and years passed by along with hundreds of samples. Still no date! Some of the first dates found were around 180 kyr while others produced dates of 245 kyr +/- 40,000 years. The dates produced at El Horno were even more outrageous! Those dates were more than 165 kyr and 280 kyr! Dr. Irwin-Williams ignored these dates considering them exaggerated and calling them “impossible.” She considered a date around 22 kyr much more accurate.
“Although the evidence for very ancient hunters was clear, we other scientists on the project had our POLITICALLY CORRECT blinders on, ” writes Dr. Steen-McIntyre. Believing the sites could not possibly be that old she and the others assumed something was wrong with the dating. She and her team began looking more closely at the sites and at their results. That was for the next SEVEN YEARS! And then her thinking began to change!!
“What if these dates were correct?” Virginia began to think. Obviously, the Hueyatlaco site was very old and the sediments there were highly weathered. Even the volcanic glass at the site was turning to clay! The landscape showed little evidence of erosion or deposition. Sediments above the artifact layers were at least 10 meters thick (about 33 feet). What Dr Steen-McIntyre finally concluded was that she had to stop thinking “New World” and start thinking “Africa.” Only in Africa would she and her team find the means to date such old archaeological material. Scientists in Africa had faced similar problems with dating and they solved the problem by coming up with other dating techniques based on volcanic ash. One such method was the Potassium-argon method. But it wouldn’t work at the site in Mexico because there were no ash flows at that site.
What the Hueyatlaco site did have was a lot of tiny zircon crystals about the size of a grain of sugar! Thus, zircon fision track dating could be used and a minimum date for the older layers at this site could be dated. The analysis was conducted and those dates were between 600 kya and 340 kya! This blew Cynthia’s PC date of 22 kyr right out of the water!! What this all meant was that around 1/4 million years ago ancient human ancestors were HUNTING IN MEXICO!
The mainstream rejected all of these dates as preposterous! The evidence did not match THEIR THEORIES God forbid! The evidence said the sites were old while the PC theories said they were young. Lead researcher Cynthia Irwin-Williams began to refer to Steen-McIntyre and her team as the “lunatic fringe.” Obviously, Cynthia was trying to protect her career as an archaeologist knowing that if she came out in support of the extremely old dates her career would be ruined. Further, she refused to communicate with the geologist team any further at that point! In other words, Cynthia was trying to save her own ass EVEN though it meant rejecting the EVIDENCE!! Her mentor Dr. H. Marie Wormington advised her to ignore the geologists dates and stick to the 22 kyr date and that is exactly what Cynthia did!
The manuscript written by Steen-Williams and her team were NOT published but were rejected by the scientific journal publishers as outrageous. In 1980 a popular science magazine requested a copy of the manuscript for possible publication but it was conveniently “lost” behind a file cabinet and forgotten about.
Dr Viriginia Steen-McIntyre would pay the ultimate price for supporting the 1/4 myr dates from the site. Her career began to suffer as colleagues at home and abroad began to abandon her. Her job with the US Geological Survey “disappeared.” In short she was shunned by the professional community.
A glimmer of hope came in 1993 when the famous book “Forbidden Archaeology” was published by Michael Cremo, et al. It contained a section on the Hueyatlaco site in Mexico and the problems with it. The television program “Sightings” also did a segment on the site as well as other programs. Dr. Steen-McIntyre began giving lectures about the site and began to examine the files of the now deceased Cynthia Irwin-Williams. Not surprisingly her materials and correspondence had disappeared!! Ah yes, that old disappearing act so often employed when the EVIDENCE DOESN’T MATCH OUR BELOVED LITTLE THEORIES!!
In July of 1997 Virginia learned of a new discovery west of Mexico City in which PRIMITIVE HUMAN SKULL FRAGMENTS had been found in Valsequillo-like sediments!! Again, the mainstream says these fragments should not be there. BUT THEY ARE THERE!!! And what are we talking about with these skull fragments? HOMO ERECTUS? HOMO HABILIS? THE AUSTRALOPITHECINCES?
Slowly the mainstream is now reconsidering the idea than man may have been in the Americas prior to 10-12 kya as discoveries are being made that CANNOT be so easily ignored or covered up and THAT IS A GOOD THING because it will lead us to find TRUTH! Again, “True science follows the EVIDENCE WHEREVER it leads.” Junk, fake, and wishful thinking science doesn’t! It’s PAST TIME to get to the TRUTH and enough of the horse shit already!!
Finally, Dr Virginia Steen-McIntyre says she had to think outside the box. Instead of thinking “New World” she had to start thinking “Africa.” How about this………… what IF the so called “new world” is really the OLD WORLD? Oh but wait! I know what you’re thinking? “Where is the evidence?” I say it is to be found when you DIG DEEPER! So grab your shovel and start digging!! Calico Hills is a good place to start!!