maize in Asia: other evidence

Jeffrey L Baker jbaker at U.Arizona.EDU
Sun Mar 15 15:11:43 EST 1998


On 15 Mar 1998, Yuri Kuchinsky wrote:

> : One, there is no mention of botanical remains of maize, two, there is
> : no mention of the Hoysala temples (which were discussed in the 1970's in
> : Current Anthropology)
> 
> The Hoysala temples are mentioned elsewhere in that publication.

But not in connection with maize.

> And what about that reference to some ancient maize found in Java? Do you
> know anything about this? This may be a very important piece of
> archaeological evidence.

I had not heard of it until you cited the relevant quote. Unfortunately,
the source for that article is not in the U of A library.

> 
> Meanwhile I would like to point your attention to the fact that you only
> comment on the presumed shortage of archaeological evidence. But since we
> have so much other evidence, including the "living fossil maizes" in the
> Indian highlands, the shortage of archaeological evidence cannot be
> considered as decisive in any sense. 

The "fossil maize" can be explained without a need to infer precolumbian
distribution.


Jeff Baker





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