About ancient explorers

These blog entries are meant to give additional background material to readers of the Misfits and Heroes novels, set in 12,000 BC.  Since this time period is either ignored or dismissed in most history books, it’s not surprising that readers find people from that era as alien as talking fish.  However, in the past three decades, archaeological discoveries have been dramatically changing our view of life 14,000 years ago.   Actually, as far back as 100,000 years ago, people were worried about their jewelry, as evidenced by the dyed, pierced beads and shells found in north and south Africa.

What if, instead of grunting dimwits, these people were as complex as you are, and as driven to explore the unknown?  They lived in an unpolluted world with lots to eat and all the raw materials they could ever need.  All they had to do was figure out how to use them and how to get along with each other, for their chances of survival were very slim if they were on their own.

The entries here provide some of the research I used in writing the stories and some information about the characters and the course of their journey.   Please let me know what you think and what other information would be interesting to include.    Thanks for being part of the Misfits and Heroes world!

Kathleen Flanagan Rollins

6 thoughts on “About ancient explorers

  1. Thank you for including the list of characters and their discriptions. It really helps! I love this web site with the additional info about the archaeology underlying the story and the map of the voyage is great.

  2. Excellent summary of Monte Verde and Kelp Highway! Please contact me regarding permission to re-publish your post in a print anthology…

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