Skip to comments.Studies examine clues of transoceanic contact [PreColumbian voyagers]
Posted on 05/26/2013 9:24:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
The Jomon culture was mentioned in other news this month. The largest ever genetic study of native South Americans identified a sub-population in Ecuador with an unexpected link to eastern Asia. The study, published in PLOS Genetics, concluded that Asian genes had been introduced into South America sometime after 6,000 years ago -- the same time the Jomon culture was flourishing in Japan.
Back in the 1960s, the renowned Smithsonian archaeologist Betty Meggers argued that similarities between the pottery of the contemporaneous Valdivia culture in Ecuador and Japans Jomon culture indicated that Japanese fishermen had discovered America about 5,000 years ago...
Writing in 1980, Meggers expressed frustration that transoceanic contact as an explanation for cultural similarities was dismissed by dogmatic colleagues as cult archaeology, and she complained that no amount of evidence could convince them...
The discovery of an apparent genetic link between eastern Asians and Ecuadoran natives provides intriguing independent support for Meggers hypothesis. Moreover, the fact that Jomon pottery was used predominantly for cooking seafood suggests that Jomon fishermen would have had little trouble feeding themselves on a long ocean voyage...
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Wouldn't such populations be more likely found in Washington or BC? Hell of a long way to Ecuador.
Kind of like the "Viking remains" found in Minnesota. Lot of work to struggle inland for such a distance.
I think it is unlikely they crossed the ocean in a linear fashion. More likely they used the Japanese current and roughly followed the North American coast and then down into Central America.
must read tomorrow jomon
We've seen a much more recent 'explanation' for Sa'ami genes in the Americas where another group with related ancestry, managed to cross Beringia with the ancestors of the Indians back then ~ and I think the guy even used the Jomon pottery as part of his evidence.
Will dig that one up ~
Over time there have been thousands of large Pacific tsunamis that explain all Transpacific movements of East Asians to the Americans. They didn't need to walk ~ just a debris field. Thought it interesting archaeologists had been saying the ocean currents weren't sufficient to get folks from there to here, yet those currents were able to move an entire floating dock unit from Japan to Oregon!
More importantly, the ancestors of the culture bearers among the Polynesians, the Okinawans, Taiwanese, non-Jomon Japanese, as well as the Philippinos came from the same place in China across the strait from Taiwan. The land there gradually sinks ~ the people had to learn to use satisfactory boats to continue to live among the islands and raise wheat ~ rice not being capable of being farmed there.
The Sa'ami arrived far earlier!
Vikings may have made it to Minnesota, but the Kensington stone is like the others that've been found. A similar benchmark was designed and set up on the mississippi west florida border in 1797 by the US and Spain ~
Re: “I think it is unlikely they crossed the ocean in a linear fashion.”
Even in modern times, open ocean adventures in small boats almost always encounter life threatening weather or seas.
And, once on land, their problems may have only just begun, not ended.
Hostile natives, disease, drought, sudden disappearance of fish or game - I mean, good luck trying to live off the land or the sea in a place you know NOTHING about.
perhaps the operative phrase is “not yet found” in WA or BC.
Some years ago when at the Epcot Center in Orlando I saw a Mexican pre-Columbian exhibit which had a cup with painting I swear looked exactly like a Japanese reproduction of a male figure.
Perfect timing.. Just started watching that documentary show “America Unearthed”... Some fascinating stuff - nothing seems very well documented at least as they approach things for the show, but fascinating nonetheless.
I find the most compelling evidence of cultural exchanges to be some of the shared folklore/history of cultures far separated by time and geography. I think our ancestors did a lot more traveling than we think, much farther “abroad” than we’ve ever been led to believe, either...
Anyway, just thought it neat that you posted this today. We’ll see how good the rest of the show is - I do wish it was a little more solid the way the evidence is presented though. I don’t know how much goes on “off-camera” or behind the scenes, but it feels like it’s more of a “Believe it or Not” type series with no hard evidence that will really be able to prove anything one way or the other.
Has anyone else watched the series? And, what did you think about it if you did? It’s enjoyable to me regardless, so I’ll probably watch all the episodes anyway. :)
Japanese in South America 6000 yrs ago ping
america unearthed.......... what channel?
This was before USF became notorious for having Sammi Al-Arien on faculty and a ‘colleague’ of Al_arien left the World Islamic Studies Whatever and appeared in the land of the Palisimian as leader of Palisimian Jihad.
Unlike some faculty, such as a Professor in the Wymon’s Studies Department who authored the famous “Male Lesbian” article, Dr. Kessler was what one used to expect of a first line academic.
I took the course as a source of data because a friend was having docks installed in Central America and as he put it, “half the time a bucket comes up, it has artifacts in it”.
Naturally, I was curious as to what those artifacts might signify. When I mentioned this to Dr. Kessler, she remarked that warehouses of artifacts existed. What was needed was not more such artifacts, but someone capable of understanding what the culture was that created them.
She was quite certain that well developed trade and ceremonial centers were to be found in Central America, probably about the distance a boat could travel in a day or two.
Oh, before I stop reminiscing, an old, white haired pilot was flying from Honduras to Miami, during a September when no hurricane had occurred and the water had visibility exceeding 130 feet. Over the Bay of Honduras he said he saw a pyramid top in the water and estimated the depth as in excess of 100 feet.
Lots of things were built by entire cultures which flourished and vanished with no record.
That is a warning regarding the durability of the American Republic - defend it or wind up in the dust bin of history.
I remember [yes, I am that old] when I read an article in a popular news magazine (Time?) about how the LASER was fascinating but was currently “a solution looking for a problem to solve.” Similarly, the solution of the DNA puzzle in 1953 by Watson & Crick (and Franklin) was regarded as a scientific triumph but of little import outside the field that became biochemistry.
Now like the LASER, DNA has revolutionized fields from genetics to criminology!
Irrelevant. Better would be They would not accept any "amount of evidence." There's a difference.
If Coronado could travel that far why not Lars?
The ubiquity of pyramids is because the pyramid is the structure that is a natural for tall buildings when you don’t have steel for beams and girders. You stack one layer on another. Experience early teaches that the second and subsequent layers must be of progressively less area in order for it to not disintegrate around the sides. You either build it with step sides or you fair it to smooth. Rulers always want to get above their subjects or so place their gods with whom they identify. When agricultural people have enough surplus to support rulers in idleness those rulers magnify themselves and pyramids are the natural structures to reach up to heaven.
Maori and Northwest Tlingit et al cultures share very similar totem poles, house architecture and use of feathers as well as many other features not in evidence anywhere else. Transoceanic travel and trade was much more widespread and much older than heretofore believed.
I tried to watch it but reached the same conclusion as you: the "documentation" is selective, based on the theories of the series' creator. It goes for sensationalism, not science IMO. Seems like his "solution" to everything is the Knights Templar and their travels in this hemisphere. Maybe so but I need better proof.
I think many of the subjects it covers are very interesting but deserve careful peer-reviewed examination.
Re: I think it is unlikely they crossed the ocean in a linear fashion.
Yeah I agree too. coastal sailing has been around for 10’s of 10000’s of years. But cross ocean sailing is a relatively new skill. The Polynesians mastered it about 1500 years ago. and the Europeans mastered the same skill with different tools about 500 years ago.
Actually, set against the backdrop of deep time —1000 years is a short difference in time for two different cultures to master the same skill using different methods —and it suggests something interesting about the human condition/mind.
Excellent explanation. Your postings on such subjects are always so helpful. Thanks.
Wow! I was getting an image of a bunch of people being washed out to sea by a tsumami and then drifting for so long before being deposited in an alien land. Life was really tough in those days.
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