Trans-Pacific Connections of the Ancient Americans
What about that maize?
articles by Yuri Kuchinsky posted in sci.archaeology
There are quite a few mysteries associated with the spread of maize around the world. The picture on the left, a photo of a stone carving of "Maize Goddess" in a medieval South Indian temple, one of great many such carvings, tells quite a story. Was maize in India many centuries before Columbus already? Indications are mounting that this indeed is the case.
Although we don't yet know all the details about how maize got to Asia, and possibly also to Europe, so early, the following articles provide quite a lot of information.
First of all, here's the link to the
homepage of Prof. Carl Johannessen of the University of Oregon, the researcher who has done a lot recently to investigate this fascinating subject. And also many other related subjects.
Here is an important posting by Hu. Actually, this file contains
two articles Hu posted, dealing with the
history of maize in India, and with the fact that a big opponent of
Prof. Johannessen now seems to have changed his mind.