Subject:      Re: ancient corn
From: (Yuri Kuchinsky)
Date:         1997/06/29
Message-ID:   <5p5pme$u3$>
Newsgroups:   sci.archaeology,sci.archaeology.mesoamerican,sci.misc

Matt Silberstein ([22] wrote:

: You are asked for evidence. You say that there is an increase in
: literary evidence. That is not evidence nor a reference to evidence,
: it is a reference to the idea that there might be evidence. What
: literary evidence? Where is it published? Where did it come from?
: Answers to those questions would be references to evidence.

A Japanese researcher Tokuji Chiba published this research. According to
him, maize was cultivated in China's Yunnan province already in the early
15th century ad. He found clear references to maize in local gazetteers
and tax records from that period. I don't have the citation right now, but
the publication where his research appeared seemed like a very obscure
one, as I remember.

I've seen other references to similar finds also recently.

Of course the Chinese historical records known for a long time already
always insisted that maize first arrived overland to China from the West.
They never said that it was introduced in the coastal area by the
Portugese as mainstream western scholars believed without any basis in


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