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Sandiaman Cave New Mexico

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Published on Jul 15, 2009

Hiking up to the Sandiaman Cave in the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico with my brother James in July 2009.

Who were the first Americans? During 1940 new light was thrown on this intriguing question by Frank C. Hibben of the University of New Mexico. He found evidence of Americans apparently even older than the famous Folsom Man who probably hunted in the southwestern United States during the later stages of the Ice Age, some 25,000 years ago. The new discoveries consist of distinctive weapons found in a cave in the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico. Sandia Man, himself, like Folsom Man, is missing. And it is unlikly that there is any link between him and Native Americans or or early Mexicans that later inhabited the area. The tools and camp-ground debris, however, were clues from which can be built a picture of the Americans and American life late in the Ice Age. Perhaps as far back as 27,000 years ago Sandia Man hunted elephants and saber-tooth tigers in the Sandia Mountain area. Archaeologists have suggested that Sandia Man sought shelter in Sandia Cave in the Sandia mountains following archaeological research in the region.
Source:
http://www.geocities.com/sandiaman200...
Albuquerque Journal article on the cave:
http://www.abqjournal.com/venue/trave...

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