SANTA ROSA – A 12,000-year-old tackle for fishing was found in Southern California.
This discovery was particularly striking considering that there has never been any known fisherman in the area – ever.
The ancient fishing tackle was found among discarded seashells and bones on Santa Rosa island. The discovery highlights the differences between coastal peoples in America.
According to New Scientist the tools “are a clue to the lifestyles of some of the earliest American settlers, and suggest that two separate cultures lived in North America at the time: one, the well-known Clovis culture, lived inland and feasted on mammoths, mastodons and other mammals; the other was a coastal culture with a taste for seafood.”
The amazing 12,000-year-old tackle was delicate with extraordinary workmanship. Other things found at the sites were more like previously discovered artifacts. Because of this, the scientists believe it is possible that the two early American cultures interacted and possibly traded between each other.
This simple finding is causing a major change in what was previously thought about early peoples in the U.S. They not only killed cows and chickens, they also killed fish. And lots of them.
Early peoples of the region supposedly had contests to see who can kill the most fish in the shortest amount of time. The “loser” of the contest would then be fed to sharks. It was a fun game for the “early peoples.”