Re: maize in ancient India: transpacific links (cont.)

bruce w. ritchings (
Tue, 07 Jan 1997 19:29:22 GMT

Hey Maize Folks,
Let's assume that these maize carvings in India are real. If
they date to somewhere around the first millenium, then they are much
more recent archeologically than the corncobs found in caves and such
from central and south America. If this means that maize got across
the Pacific from East to West, who took it, and when, and how? During
this time period, we know that the Polynesians were doing some serious
ocean travel in the Pacific, but I don't think there's any evidence
that they went as far as India--or did they? Who else had the skill to
do such travel at this time? Bruce Ritchings, University of Florida