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

Bart Torbert (
28 Dec 1996 18:26:28 GMT

In article <59ua4m$>, says...
>Well, ladies and gentlemen, some of you may have followed these
>discussions about trans-Pacific diffusion of cultural traits and
>other things for a while. Did the people of Asia and America
>communicate with each other across the ocean before Columbus? What
>about those ancient sailors?
In his book "The Secret" the late Dr. Joseph Mahan presented the same sort
of evidence plus more. He was researching the Yuchi indians (formally of
Georgia now in NE Oklahoma). He was trying to find evidence for
suggestions in Yuchi lore that they were late arrivals to North America.
THey are said to have come from India by way of the Mediterranean region.
Mahan noted the same art work as Yuri mentions. Also he found growing in
isolated valleys of the Himalayan foothills a strange small white corn
that the Yuchi still grow.

Mahan's book is hard to find, but worth reading if you can find a copy.

Bart Torbert