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Re: maize in ancient india: strong transpacific links are indicated

Douglas Weller (dweller@ramtops.demon.co.uk) wrote:
: On 27 Dec 1996 20:11:25 GMT, yuku@io.org (Yuri Kuchinsky) wrote:

: >I believe that reality is catching up fast with the American
: >isolationists. The sand-castle of isolationism is crumbling and sinking
: >fast under the impact of increasing evidence that demonstrates that
: >ancient peoples crossed the oceans many thousands of years before
: >Columbus. 

: What evidence? Your maize, which is supposedly only a few hundred years
before : Columbus?

Hey, what's a few hundred years, eh? 

The reality, actually, is that the presence of maize in India and in China
probably goes back at least to BCE. I know you're a busy man, Doug, what
with all the hate mail you're sending me. But if you _only_ read carefully
the material I posted, you will find something about the corn and the
Boddgaya Temple that is dated to 1 c. BCE. Listening to your opponents,
though, is something that is probably not a part of your regular routine,
Doug. Well, it's never too late to learn... Perhaps your credibility will
only benefit if you don't make such obvious comprehension errors as this

: And that is supposedly your best shot, and even that in
no way : proves the existence of any significant traffic. 

Well, this maize stuff proves the existence of some significant traffic,
for sure. Since cultural, mythological, and ritual details apparently
diffused to Asia from America along with the maize, we must postulate a
number of trips, and a significant number of people coming across as a
corollary to Johannessen's thesis. This was much more than a couple of
shipwrecked sailors, it seems. 



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