The ancients knew MORE than history actually acknowledges. As a researcher and historian, I find it arrogant that historians over time poo-poo the legends and myths of ancient peoples as being “absolute fact and recording of real history” and instead relegate such aboriginal and native legends to the category of “fancy fictional lip flapping” to entertain.
Do you feel the same way? How is it when someone gets an archaeological or anthropological degree they immediately think they are smarter than an entire people and with such degree in hand they can claim the stories of the ancients “works of fiction” instead of “actual recording of history”? How arrogant is that?
Personally, I believe most passed down aboriginal stories and native accounts are more based on fact than being rooted in fiction in entertainment. For me, I choose to believe the telling of stories for “entertainment purposes only” is a more modern invention, and that ancient man was telling stories to share their history and as such, the story teller was a venerated position and not one relegated to that akin to a court jester or mere entertainer.
So, why is it academia continues to lump all legends and native stories into the fiction category? Why is it not the other way around, kind of like a court of law? True, until proven untrue?
The answer is each successive generation believes the generations before (especially those in the far, far past) were ignorant and feeble, with slack jawed slobbering tendencies while barely able to feed and clothe themselves. Guess it is the need of each generation to think of itself and being better and more accomplished than the last. But in such thought comes a huge disconnection with reality and as such, we as a collective peoples and society, have lost more history than we have gained. The following article proves this point.
Many ancients in North America such as the ancient ancestors of the Chickasaw and Choctaw peoples tell of problems, wars, issues and even trading with the “red headed devils”, but in their “I am more knowledgeable than those who lived it – modern archaeologists and anthropologists have labeled such stories as “mythology”.
Well…. New flash… once again academia has lost another mythology to the proven science of a hard discovery. Here is the story:
Viking Ship Discovered Near Mississippi River
Memphis| A group of volunteers cleaning up the shores of the Mississippi river near the biggest city in Tennessee, have stumbled upon the remains of an ancient boat encrusted in mud. A team of archeologists from the University of Memphis that was rapidly called to the site, confirmed that the ship is most certainly a Viking knarr, suggesting the Norse would have pushed their exploration of America a lot further than historians previously thought.
The heavily damaged ship was found near the confluence of the Wolf and Mississippi rivers, and lies on a private property. It has a length of about 16 meters, a beam of 4.5 meters, and a hull that is estimated capable of carrying up to 24 to 28 tons, a typical size for this type of ship. Knarrs were naval vessels that were built by the Norsemen from Scandinavia and Iceland for Atlantic voyages, but also used for trade, commerce, exploration, and warfare during an era known as the Viking Age, that goes approximately from 793 to 1066 AD. They were clinker built, which means the overlapping of planks riveted together. It was capable of sailing 75 miles (121 km) in one day and held a crew of about 20 to 30 men.
This new discovery could be one of the oldest evidence of pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact, and it certainly brings to mind the famous colony of”Vinland” mentioned in the Icelandic Sagas. This mythical colony would have been established by Leif Ericson around the same period as the settlement at l’Anse aux Meadows, in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the most famous site of a Norse or Viking settlement in North America outside Greenland.
Butternuts found in the Newfoundland site had already suggested that the Norse had explored the continent because they do not grow naturally north of the Canadian province of New Brunswick, hundreds of kilometers away from any known Viking settlement.
The carbon dating of the new ship estimates that it dates from between 990 and 1050 AD, approximately the period associated with Vinland and the various Canadian sites (L’Anse aux Meadows, Tantfield Valley, Avayalik Islands). This could mean that the Viking had actually developed a far wider trade network in the Americas that what was traditionnally believed. Unfortunately, very few other artefacts have yet been found on the site, suggesting the crew must have most likely abandoned the ship and continued on foot.
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