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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Where Were Our Jewish Ancestors 13,800 years ago?

Nadene Goldfoot
The Last Glacial Maximum happened about 21,000 years ago.  It was thought that mammoths became extinct in Britain 21,000 years ago, but recent discoveries find they were still roaming around 14,000 years ago there.  This kept humans living in warm lands like Egypt and what is now Spain. 

The ice age happened from 14,000 to 20,000 years ago.  An enormous Northern glacier invaded Wisconsin and caused an ocean of ice 160 stories tall. 

The glaciers finally began to melt about 14,000 years ago on North America.  Wooly mammoths, mastodons and saber-toothed tigers roamed this land.  People had began to inhabit the land about 16,000 years ago. 

A 13,800 year old mastodon rib was found 35 years ago near Sequim, Washington here in the Northwest.  It had a sharpened bone projectile sticking out from it in the left center of the bone.  A new high-resolution CT scan showed it was piercing the rib and helped to prove that NW hunters might have been the earliest Americans to arrive here.  These Stone Age hunters had arrived earlier than we thought.  The projectile was clearly shaped to a tip.   This makes this area a pr-Clovis site. This Clovis culture began about 800 years later.   The spear point was probably about one foot in length before it broke off in the mastadon's rib.  It had to penetrate more than 10 inches of muscle and tissue before it got to the rib.  This was a high velocity impact.  The spear point was made from mastodon bone.  They may have used a spear-thrower, or atlatl to hurl with a lot of force.  Mastodons weighed 4 or 5 tons, and stood about 8 to 10 feet tall at the shoulder.  The land then was marshy and treeless. 

This would take us back to the year of about 11,500 BCE.  What was going on then in other parts of the world? 

The ancient Egyptian dynasties go back to 1479 BCE to Hatshepsut and King Tutankhanun, before these hunters ventured out.  They were already highly skilled artisans. 

Many Jews have the Ydna haplotype or clade of J1.  This haplogroup arose 10,000 to 15,000 years ago in the Fertile Crescent.  This is the area mentioned in the Bible including Egypt, Assyria and Mesopotamia.  13,800 years ago would take us back to about the year 12,211 BCE, right at the time of J1's rising.  This is considered as the Cohen gene of Aaron and Moses.  

Q's originated in Central Asia 15,000 to 20,000 years ago and men migrated through northern Eurasia of the Altai Mountains of Mongolia, Siberia and parts of Turkey  into the Americas as our native Americans.  Another branch that became Q1b1a  and is 5% of present day Jews who must have left at a different time to get to the Middle East and onto Eastern Europe. 

G and G2 haplogroup may have originated along the eastern part of the Middle East or India or Pakistan 30,000 years ago and dispersed into Central Asia, Europe and the Middle East.  G with a P15 mutation is found mainly in the Caucasus, Balkans, Italy and the Middle East.

R, R1, R2, R1a and R1b haplogroups may have originated in NW Asia 30,000 to 35,000 years ago.  R1 is common in Europe and W. Eurasia where R2 is rare, found only in Indian, Iranian and central Asian populations.  R1a is found among E. European Slavs and India and central and W. Asia.  It is suggested in some Egyptian journal that King Tut was of an R1b clade.

A drawing on a small rock made 13,600 years ago was found in a cave in Northern Spain.  The stone had a landscape drawn on this hand-sized rock.  It may have been drawn by Magdalenian hunter-gatherers. 

E3b is considered a major paternal line of humanity and originated about 22,400 years ago.   is found in the Lemba Tribe of South Africa in 2.9% of this group.  It evolved in the Middle East, then went into the Mediterranean during the Pleistocene Neolithic expansion.  It's also in Arab populations and in areas around the Mediterranean and in East and North Africa, and SE Europe. 

Abraham, father of Judaism, didn't come along till much later and lived at the beginning of the 2nd millennium BCE or about 4,000 years ago.

The Jewish Calendar marks this year as the year of 5772.  The months are of Tishrei and Cheshvan at this time of the October 2011 calendar.  Today is Tishrei 25.  This starts with our Jewish historical knowledge of the birthday of the world, covers the Adam and Eve beginnings and onto the Flood as well as getting into the line of Abraham. 

From what I can gather, most of the world was experienceing a land of melting ice 13,800 years ago while the warm areas on earth had been  producing  civilizations. What a diverse planet this was. 

Resource on Mastadon: Oregonian newspaper, front page and A5, October 22, 2011, NW mastodon wqas speared 13,800 years ago. Wisconsin glacier

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