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

Yuri Kuchinsky (yuku@io.org) wrote:
: Carolyn S Hoff (c1hoff@mt1047.mcdo.mt.blm.gov) wrote:
: : why is it that this sculpture is assumed to be zea maize? it could be
: any number of grasses represented in an "oversized" fashion to compensate
: for limitations imposed by carving on stone.
: Carrie,
: You misunderstand. In fact there are _hundreds_ of such carvings out
: there, in those temples. So the possibility of misidentification is
: significantly diminished... 
: Best,
: Yuri.

There are significant numbers of carvings of pineapples in
medieval churches too.  And pineapples were not known in
Europe until modern times.

Of course, they *could* be carvings of something else, but
to me they look like pineapples and there are so many of them
so they must be pineapples.

      ------ Paul J. Gans  [gans@scholar.chem.nyu.edu]