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Ancient Ocean Crossings paints a compelling photograph of striking pre-Columbian cultures and outdated global civilizations that, opposite to many triumphing notions, weren't remoted from each other, evolving independently, each one in its personal hemisphere. in its place, they constituted a “global ecumene,” regarding a fancy development of intermittent yet quite a few and profoundly consequential contacts.

In Ancient Ocean Crossings: Reconsidering the Case for Contacts with the Pre-Columbian Americas, Stephen Jett encourages readers to reevaluate the typical trust that there has been no major interchange among the chiefdoms and civilizations of Eurasia and Africa and peoples who occupied the alleged terra incognita past the good oceans.


More than 100 centuries separate the time that Ice Age hunters are conventionally proposal to have crossed a land bridge from Asia into North the United States and the coming of Columbus within the Bahamas in 1492. conventional trust has lengthy held that earth’s hemispheres have been basically bring to an end from each other as a result post-Pleistocene meltwater-fed emerging oceans that coated that bridge. The oceans, in addition to arctic climates and daunting terrestrial distances, shaped impermeable limitations to interhemispheric communique. This point of view signifies that the cultures of the previous international and people of the Americas constructed independently.


Drawing on ample and urban facts to help his thought for major pre-Columbian contacts, Jett means that many old peoples had either the seafaring functions and the factors to move the oceans and, in truth, did so many times and with nice impression. His deep and extensive paintings synthesizes details and concepts from archaeology, geography, linguistics, climatology, oceanography, ethnobotany, genetics, medication, and the historical past of navigation and seafaring, making an leading edge and persuasive multidisciplinary case for a brand new realizing of human societies and their diffuse yet interconnected development.

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