maize in Asia before Columbus

Jeffrey L Baker jbaker at U.Arizona.EDU
Mon Mar 16 19:44:55 EST 1998

On Mon, 16 Mar 1998, Hu McCulloch wrote:

> >If maize was present at Kaundinyapura, why didn't it appear in the
> >botanical remains from that site (which Vishnu-Mittre analyzed)?
> This work was apparently done prior to 1968.  Was flotation commonplace
> that early?  I think you noted earlier that maize remains would be more likely
> to show up  _in flotatio_ than _in situ_.      [That's a new technical term 
> I just made up.   ;-)  ]

They found rice, if maize was present and common, it would have been found
by the same methods that found rice remains.

> >Are you arguing that it was only present in the Hoysala area in the 13th
> >and 14th centuries? There has been ample research in other areas of India.
> 13th c So. Karnataka is where we have the best sculptures of maize,
> so if it shows up anywhere it ought to be there.  Sikkim is another good 
> candidate, since that is where the primitive maize grows that Kumar and JKS 
> Sachan argue on genetic grounds must have been established before Columbus.
> (So far as I can tell, this is curiously the same JKS Sachan who, with 
> Payak, is a leading critic of Johannessen & Parker's iconographic 
> evidence).  

And Kaundinyapur is in yet a third area of the Indian subcontinent.
and there, we no they examined botanical remains.

Jeff Baker

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