Amateur Archeologist & Public Historian Michael Beardsley Explain Theories And Evidence Of New York’s First Inhabitants

December 16th is the birthday of the Greater Western New York Region. December 16th, 1786, with the signing of the Treaty of Hartford, established the perimeter lines of the Greater Western New York Region. On the east is the Preemption Line and, on the west, well, actually the west wasn’t really quite confirmed until the war of 1812. But that’s another story. When we talk about origins, the biggest question people have asked is “Where did the first people come from?”  Click the link below for this week’s episode of The State of Greater Western New York Report to see what they taught you in school might not match what really happened.

In the first half of the show, Town of Sullivan Historian Michael Beardsley explains how he developed his interest in archeology and what that led him to. In the process, he uncovered interesting facts with the help of professional archeologists, all the while he studied the subject in college. He then reveals how what many believe to be the origin of humans in the Americas might not be true. In fact, our first ancestors might have come from Europe.

In the second half of the show, Beardsley shows us some of the artifacts researchers, including himself, have uncovered and where they found them. He also tells us why it is so difficult to find evidence of earlier settlers. This is where the Ice Age and Global Warming come in.

Our guest happily answered questions from the live audience. In fact, these are probably some of the same questions you had. Would you like to be a live audience member so you can ask our guests questions? Click here to join the growing number of members who share your feelings on because then we can automatically send you the link to watch our shows live.

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