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Originally delivered at a symposium held in May 1968 during the national meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, these essays offer differing points of view and considerable evidence on the pros and cons of pre-Columbian contact between the Old World and the New.

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ISBN-13: 9780292741607
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 05/01/2012
Pages: 572
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.27(d)

About the Author

Carroll L. Riley is retired from the faculty of Southern Illinois University.

J. Charles Kelley is retired from the faculty of Southern Illinois University.

Campbell W. Pennington is retired from the faculty of Southern Illinois University.

Robert L. Rands is retired from the faculty of Southern Illinois University.

Table of Contents

  • Preface and Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Section I
    • 1. Diffusion versus Independent Development: The Bases of Controversy (Stephen C. Jett)
    • 2. Diffusion and Archaeological Evidence (Gordon F. Ekholm)
    • 3. Diffusion: Evidence and Process (David H. Kelley)
    • 4. Style and Culture Contact (Jon Muller)
    • 5. Pre-Columbian Contacts—The Dryland Approach: The Impact and Influence of Teotihuacán Culture on the Pre-Columbian Civilizations of Mesoamerica (Stephan F. Borhegyi)
    • 6. Commentary: Section I (Erik K. Reed)
  • Section II
    • 7. The Sailing Raft as a Great Tradition (Edwin Doran, Jr.)
    • 8. Cultural Patterning as Revealed by a Study of Pre-Columbian Ax and Adz Hafting in the Old and New Worlds (Daniel Randall Beirne)
    • 9. Pre-Columbian Chickens in America (George F. Carter)
    • 10. The Significance of an Apparent Relationship between the Ancient Near East and Mesoamerica (John L. Sorenson)
    • 11. Vinland and the Way Thither (Herbert C. Taylor, Jr.)
    • 12. Quetzalcoatl: European or Indigene? (B. C. Hedrick)
    • 13. A Transatlantic Stimulus Hypothesis for Mesoamerica and the Caribbean, circa 3500 to 2000 B.C. (Robert A. Kennedy)
    • 14. Small Boats upon the North Atlantic (Alice B. Kehoe)
    • 15. Commentary: Section II (Clinton R. Edwards)
  • Section III
    • 16. A Reevaluation of the Coconut as an Indicator of Human Dispersal (Jonathan D. Sauer)
    • 17. Endemism and Pre-Columbian Migration of the Bottle Gourd, Lagenaria siceraria (Mol.) Standl. (Thomas W. Whitaker)
    • 18. Construction of the Hypothesis for Distribution of the Sweet Potato (Douglas E. Yen)
    • 19. The Sweet Potato: An Exercise in Methodology (Donald D. Brand)
    • 20. Travels of Corn and Squash (Hugh C. Cutler and Leonard W. Blake)
    • 21. Pre-Columbian Maize in Asia (M. D. W. Jeffreys)
    • 22. Some Problems of Interpreting Transoceanic Dispersal of the New World Cottons (S. G. Stephens)
    • 23. Phaseolus: Diffusion and Centers of Origin (Lawrence Kaplan)
    • 24. Commentary: Section III (Herbert G. Baker)
  • Conclusions
  • Bibliography
  • List of Contributors
  • Index

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