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Who (when and how) “discovered” America?

It all started by tracing the appearance of Swastika in ancient cultures. I was researching some of the Native American tribes. My first take was on Ancestral Puebloans, better known as “Anasazi”. And I was flabbergasted – their ceramics and their petroglyphs mirror perfectly those of ancient European cultures of Vinca and Cucuteni!

Let me illustrate what I mean:

All of a sudden it was not only about the swastika symbol. This is just a very small sample of all the similarities I have managed to find during this initial research. There is a little doubt that there was direct contact between these two cultures, at some unknown point in time.

And then, I got the idea to type in google search “Cucuteni Anasazi” and see if anyone else knows something about it. To my amazement, I got only one, but a very valuable result. It was a scientific paper by Anatole A. Klyosov and Elena A. Mironova titled:

“A DNA Genealogy Solution to the Puzzle of Ancient Look-Alike Ceramics across the World

I definitely recommend you to read this short text, it has many more interesting illustrations. The link to the PDF is at the end of this post.

Credit for the idea above: Rowan Millar

What the authors of this paper had discovered is that these similarities are not exclusive only to Europe and America. They are valid also for the ancient cultures of Thailand and China. They state the following:

We have found 17 similarities (45%) among the ceramics of the said four cultures. Remarkably, all four cultures with look-alike ceramics also use the swastika as a common symbol.

But there is one very important thing that this paper does not explain. If these people had really reached America, how and when did this happen?

How was America discovered?

Most of the theories of possible early contacts with America focus on the Bering Strait crossing. And while this is true of the earliest contacts I doubt that this relates to our case. There are two main reasons for this:

  1. Bering Strait crossing was already impossible when Vinca / Cucuteni cultures developed.
  2. If migration came from the North of America, the distribution of swastika symbols and pottery would be characteristic for the northern tribes, which is not the case.

But in fact, the map of swastika distribution fits nicely in the frames of ocean currents. Especially those connecting Europe / Africa and the Americas.

Indeed, if one was to sail for America on a primitive vessel, his best chances would be to glide on ocean currents, no doubt. This same common sense has been used by Colombo and his followers.

So did they really have vessels that were that sea-worthy in such a distant past? I think they did. An image below shows how a Phoenician trade route looked like. Officially, the Phoenicians were just following the coastline to be on the safe side. But what if some dare-devil was decided to take a shot into the unknown, somewhere on the west coast of Africa? Provided that he survives this voyage, the equatorial currents would take him directly to the Americas!

phoenician trade.jpg

Who and when discovered America?

So who discovered America? I believe that one ancient civilization could give us the answer to that. They are the Olmec, the first major civilization of Mexico. They appear somewhere between 1,600 and 1,400 BC. And their art has numerous figurines that show possible links with Europe, Africa, and Asia.

For example, some of these figurines wear headdresses similar to those of the Egyptians. But there are also depictions of the caucasian-looking, bearded men all over the Americas. And we know that the thick beard is not really a part of the indigenous gene pool.

The sea peoples

The earliest mention of an ethnic group labeled “sea peoples” is from the Egyptian hieroglyphics on the “Byblos obelisk” (2000- 1700 BC). That was their first appearance on the stage of history and these dates are very close to the appearance of Olmecs, and other ancient civilizations of America.

Sea peoples had to be true masters of seas, to destroy the other civilizations of Mediterranean, renowned seamen themselves. But to get back to the beginning of our story, perhaps it is these sea peoples that could best explain the connections between Neolithic Balkans and the Americas.

Certain scholars claim that some of the sea people’s tribes originated on the Black sea. Indeed, this would make Cucuteni culture a perfect candidate for their homeland. Indeed, on Ptolemy’s map from the 2nd century, we see a tribe of “Suardeni” near the Sea of Azov. And they just might be the notorious Sharadan from the Egyptian texts.

So how did these people look like? There is a striking similarity between one of the Mexican figurines with an “Iron man” from Tibet. It is almost as if they show the same person! But actually, if you want to see the remains of a real person that fits this description, you do not need to look further than “The woman from Skrydstrup” dated to 1,300 BC Denmark. Once again, we are in the same historical timeline.


I highly suspect that any future genetic research will manage to find confirmation of their presence in the Americas. If there was indeed a contact, those groups of newcomers were very small. The voyage was perilous and probably many wouldn’t even make it. And the fact is that many ancient myths of the Americas speak of small groups of white people that came from the ocean. They brought the new culture and technology, only to disappear again, with a promise of return.

But there are many other things besides pottery, swastikas and strange figurines that could testify that there was a contact with Cucuteni culture. Native American culture in its essence did not differ that much from what we know about Scythians and Sarmatians. They lived a similar nomadic lifestyle. After its arrival with the Europeans, a horse became very important. Native Americans would paint horses with magical symbols before going to war, along with their own faces, just like the ancient Picts of Europe would. They were the mound builders, just like kurgan people from the steppes. And they had similar totems, symbols, and ceramics. Their tents – tipis had a shape very similar to the nomadic tents of Asia. And they had the same fashion of wearing feathers on their heads, just like Bronze age Europeans, and just like the sea peoples.

It is also important to point out that Mesoamericans started building their pyramids and other megalithic structures around 1000 BC – roughly the same time when those Egyptian look-alike figurines of the Olmec appear. Many of these early nations of America practiced artificial cranial deformation, just like Egyptians, but also like the people of the steppes. And traces of cocaine and nicotine were found on Egyptian mummies.

And finally, there was probably another route to the Americas, equally important. It came from the Asian side, also relying on the ocean currents. But due to the limited space, that would have to be the topic of another article. In the meantime you can read the paper: “A DNA Genealogy Solution to the Puzzle of Ancient Look-Alike Ceramics across the Worldhere.


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  1. Bravo for your research work. May I suggest you check out Zelia Nuttall (Nuttall Codex), who as most respected woman archaeologist of the 1870’s, to 1933, was a world traveler and lived in Mexico City, went on a search for the swastika. Happy hunting.

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