"John Roth" <JohnRoth1@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
> Erik Hammerstad wrote:
>> Canadian archaeologist Sheila Coulson of the University of Oslo
>> has uncovered a human ritual site and artifacts in Botswana. While
>> she will only date it to the Middle Stone Age, others of her team
>> say it dates to about 70 kya bp. If the dating is even remotely
>> correct its a sensation, and of course confirms "out of Africa".
>> For more information see
>> The story was reported on a scientific program aired on Norwegian
>> TV yesterday http://www1.nrk.no/nett-tv/klipp/208953 (in Norwegian
>> but Coulson speaks English) and was picked up by Reuters
>> http://tinyurl.com/ua6se, but first reported from Botswana in
>> August http://tinyurl.com/yzseyq
> Acording to a source at the U. of Oslo (Torfinn Ormin -
> you'll see his name at the bottom of the article) both
> the Norwegean and English versions are a bit garbled. He
> seemed a bit put out that he wasn't asked to check the
> English translation. In other words, you can't take his
> statements as written in English.
> So far, the 70kya date is from examination of the
> spearpoints. There are two other things to consider
> on the date. First, they haven't been sent out for
> lab work yet (that's scheduled for early next year)
> and second they haven't gotten to the bottom of the
> first trench! That's scheduled for the next time they're
> at the dig. The eventual date could be as old as 100kya.
> We'll just have to wait and see.
> This has nothing to do with the OOA versus multi-regionalism
> dispute that's currently raised its head. Nobody
> doubts that there was a migration. What's in dispute
> is whether the changes throughout Eurasia resulted
> from replacement (slaughter the current inhabitents),
> gene flow (classical multi-regionalism) or hybridization.
> What it does have a bearing on is the contention
> that the earliest "symbolic behavior" is in Europe
> in the 45 kya to 35 kya time frame, when the
> Neandertals were marching off the stage of history.
> Symbolic behavior (which this most definitely is)
> at that point in time nails it to the African branch,
> and puts in doubt any contentions that Neandertals
> invented it independently.
> John Roth
If you find symbolic behavior in Hsn territory and no where near Hss people
at the time the answer is no it doesn't.