Be thankful it wasn’t the organ bank thing.
So there’s some evidence that we may have to revise our theories on when North America was first settled again:
At the height of the last ice age, [Smithsonian Institute anthropologist Dennis] Stanford says, mysterious Stone Age European people known as the Solutreans paddled along an ice cap jutting into the North Atlantic. They lived like Inuits, harvesting seals and seabirds.
The Solutreans eventually spread across North America, Stanford says, hauling their distinctive blades with them and giving birth to the later Clovis culture, which emerged some 13,000 years ago.
Glenn Reynolds semi-reasonably asks in response, “So what happened to them?” I say ‘semi-reasonably’ because I know that Glenn has read a Larry Niven book or two in his time: clearly, what happened was the magic went away.
Well, maybe not, but that was a darn good fantasy series. Basic premise: magic existed. It was powered by mana. And mana was a non-renewable resource. Now fast-forward along that timeline until you reach a point suitable for adventure, which is (as SM Stirling more or less put it once) somebody else in deep sh*t, a long way away.