How was West Africa peopled & where from? Jun 26, 2014 8:16:30 GMT -5
Post by amunratheultimate on Jun 26, 2014 8:16:30 GMT -5
Okay, back to serious conversation. This is pretty much what I and others were saying a while back when the issue of West African origins came up. The fact that there are many cultural similarities between West African cultures and Nile Valley cultures is not indicative of Egyptian colonization in the late dynastic era due to foreign conquest. Rather, it is indicative of the fact that certain West African cultures share a common ancestor with those found in the Nile Valley and that is the green Saharan culture.
We already know that there were more settlement sights in the Sahara when it was green than there were in the Nile Valley. This culture was very wide spread stretching from the Atlantic to the Red Sea. It only stands to reason that as the Sahara dried up people would have sought refuge in the areas south in West Africa that still received rainfall as well as the Nile. Now scholarship is proving what for many of us was an educated guess. It's very interesting how each day seems to turn up scholarly findings supporting the assertions that many people have made on this forum.
Now you're just stating what has been shown in this thread to be obvious in an effort to gain some credibility. Posting a giant picture of lollypops doesn't help you about this. I'm the one bringing forward actual data while you seek to obscure them.
The common origin of black African people (aka "Sub-Saharan" Africans) can be seen in **2** major periods. Yes, 2.
1 - Common origin of African people, including Ancient Egyptians, in Eastern Africa (see languages and DNA homeland). Discussed many times on this forum and ES.
2 - The Green Sahara period (wavy line pottery culture) where the ancestors of modern African populations, now living mostly in Sub-Sahara but also in the south of North African countries, were still living in the north in the Sahara before their migrations across Africa.
Of course, sub-sahara is a bit of a misnomer because even today there's still some indigenous black African people living in North African countries (especially in the south), thus above the Sahara, as well as black African people living in the Sahara.
So again the common origin of African people can be seen both in (north)Eastern Africa and the subsequent expansion of people in the wet Sahara. Of course, the common origin of indigenous African people in East Africa post-date the AMHS by many years as well as the main OOA migrations of non-African people since people with the A, B and E haplogroups weren't part of the OOA migrations.