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Re: Ad Yurii Gloriam (Was Re: maize in ancient india: strong transpacific links are indicated)

On 16 Jan 1997 16:03:48 GMT, yuku@io.org (Yuri Kuchinsky) wrote:

>Douglas Weller (dweller@ramtops.demon.co.uk) wrote:
>: On 13 Jan 1997 13:37:41 GMT, yuku@io.org (Yuri Kuchinsky) wrote:
>: >a) As Johannessen's research indicates that maize was a staple crop in
>: >that area, these cob fossils shouldn't really be that difficult to turn
>up : >in excavations. Is anyone looking for them? 
>: Yuri, no one has to look for them, if they are there they will be
>obvious! We : had this discussion before about chicken bones. Whenever
>archaeologists dig : they examine everything they find, and they'd be
>Doug, with all due respect, I find your reasoning hopelessly flawed.
>Lets try this. You go to the bookstore to buy a certain book. Would your
>chances of finding this book be better if you were actually looking for it
>in the bookstore? Or -- if you were wandering aimlessly among the isles
>waiting for that book to fall off its shelf into your lap -- by itself?

No problem. When we dig, we look for EVERYTHING. That's what I've said above.
It's like going to a bookstore where the books aren't in order and examing
each book individually. If the one I want is there, I should find it that way!
And of course, there are middens, etc. where you find food remains anyway, and
they, like everything else, are searched, categorised, etc.

Once again, Yuri, your problem is (besides a problem with reasoning if you
think mine so flawed) your lack of experience. If you'd actually taken part in
several digs you'd understand the situation.
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