Ancient Ocean Crossings

Ancient Ocean Crossings
Publisher University of Alabama Press
Release Date
Category History
Total Pages 528
ISBN 9780817319397
Rating 4/5 from 21 reviews
GET BOOK

Ancient Ocean Crossings paints a compelling picture of impressive pre-Columbian cultures and Old World civilizations that, contrary to many prevailing notions, were not isolated from one another, evolving independently, each in its own hemisphere. Instead, they constituted a “global ecumene,” involving a complex pattern of intermittent but numerous 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 common belief that there was no significant interchange between the chiefdoms and civilizations of Eurasia and Africa and peoples who occupied the alleged terra incognita beyond the great oceans. More than a hundred centuries separate the time that Ice Age hunters are conventionally thought to have crossed a land bridge from Asia into North America and the arrival of Columbus in the Bahamas in 1492. Traditional belief has long held that earth’s two hemispheres were essentially cut off from one another as a result of the post-Pleistocene meltwater-fed rising oceans that covered that bridge. The oceans, along with arctic climates and daunting terrestrial distances, formed impermeable barriers to interhemispheric communication. This viewpoint implies that the cultures of the Old World and those of the Americas developed independently. Drawing on abundant and concrete evidence to support his theory for significant pre-Columbian contacts, Jett suggests that many ancient peoples had both the seafaring capabilities and the motives to cross the oceans and, in fact, did so repeatedly and with great impact. His deep and broad work synthesizes information and ideas from archaeology, geography, linguistics, climatology, oceanography, ethnobotany, genetics, medicine, and the history of navigation and seafaring, making an innovative and persuasive multidisciplinary case for a new understanding of human societies and their diffuse but interconnected development.

Ancient Ocean Crossings
  • Author : Stephen C. Jett
  • Publisher : University of Alabama Press
  • Release Date : 2017-06-06

Ancient Ocean Crossings paints a compelling picture of impressive pre-Columbian cultures and Old World civilizations that, contrary to many prevailing notions, were not isolated from one another, evolving independently, each in its own hemisphere. Instead, they constituted a “global ecumene,” involving a complex pattern of intermittent but numerous and profoundly

GET BOOK
Crossing Ancient Oceans
  • Author : Stephen C. Jett
  • Publisher : Copernicus Books
  • Release Date : 2003

Did the Polynesians, Chinese and others make contact with North American civilizations in prehistoric times? For many years, this question was as close to taboo as you could get in anthropology: even to ask it was to risk labeling oneself a racist. Now, however, hard physical evidence of such contact

GET BOOK
Crossing the Bay of Bengal
  • Author : Sunil S. Amrith
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-10-07

For centuries the Bay of Bengal served as a maritime highway between India and China, and as a battleground for European empires, while being shaped by monsoons and human migration. Integrating environmental history and mining a wealth of sources, Sunil S. Amrith offers insights to the many challenges facing Asia

GET BOOK
The Sea in the Greek Imagination
  • Author : Marie-Claire Beaulieu
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Release Date : 2015-11-06

Marie-Claire Beaulieu unifies the multifarious representations of the sea and sea crossings in Greek myth and imagery by positing the sea as a cosmological boundary between the mortal world, the underworld, and the realms of the immortal. Through six in-depth case studies, she shows how, more than a simple physical

GET BOOK
Expeditionary Anthropology
  • Author : Martin Thomas,Amanda Harris
  • Publisher : Berghahn Books
  • Release Date : 2018-01-29

The origins of anthropology lie in expeditionary journeys. But since the rise of immersive fieldwork, usually by a sole investigator, the older tradition of team-based social research has been largely eclipsed. Expeditionary Anthropology argues that expeditions have much to tell us about anthropologists and the people they studied. The book

GET BOOK
World Trade and Biological Exchanges Before 1492
  • Author : Carl Lewis Johannessen,John L. Sorenson
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Pub
  • Release Date : 2013-02-11

"People moved into America very early across the Bering Strait. By the fifth millennia B.C.E. tropical sailors brought diseases to America and took plants and animals in both directions. Long before Columbus, tropical sailors carefully selected crops from New World highlands and shorelines, wet and dry climates, and

GET BOOK
A Splendid Exchange
  • Author : William J. Bernstein
  • Publisher : Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Release Date : 2009-05-14

A Financial Times and Economist Best Book of the Year exploring world trade from Mesopotamia in 3,000 BC to modern globalization. How did trade evolve to the point where we don’t think twice about biting into an apple from the other side of the world? In A Splendid Exchange, William

GET BOOK
Parivarthana
  • Author : A M Nagesh
  • Publisher : Notion Press
  • Release Date : 2016-02-24

Today man is nefarious for two reasons. One is due to lack of insight and another in want of enlightenment. If by chance there is a change in him, immoralities turn into morality and his miseries change to mysticism. Both morality and mysticism would take us to mystique world. Empirically

GET BOOK
The Ocean and Its Wonders
  • Author : Robert Michael Ballantyne
  • Publisher : Binker North
  • Release Date : 1874

The Ocean and its Wonders is a classic nature study about ocean habitats.

GET BOOK
Aeneid
  • Author : Virgil
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1890

Read online Aeneid written by Virgil, published by which was released on 1890. Download full Aeneid Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

GET BOOK
The Mysterious Origins of the Word  marihuana
  • Author : Alan Piper
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2005

Read online The Mysterious Origins of the Word marihuana written by Alan Piper, published by which was released on 2005. Download full The Mysterious Origins of the Word marihuana Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

GET BOOK
Ancient Symbols
  • Author : Aliyah Schick
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2011-09-01

Adult coloring for relaxation, stress reduction, meditation, spiritual connection, prayer, centering, healing, and coming into your deep, true self. Ages 9 to 109. The drawings of Ancient Symbols: Meditative Coloring Book 3 feature timeless shapes and forms used by every culture on earth to remind us of the sacred. These drawings serve to

GET BOOK
Maritime Bibliography
  • Author : Anonim
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2008

Read online Maritime Bibliography written by , published by which was released on 2008. Download full Maritime Bibliography Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

GET BOOK
A Drop in the Ocean of Love
  • Author : Debra Graugnard,Dipl Ac Dipl C H M Di Shenmen Ph D
  • Publisher : Dpwn Publishing
  • Release Date : 2017-04-30

A Drop in the Ocean of Love is a collection of personal stories we hope will inspire you, open your heart to greater love, and transform your life. The stories offer a glimpse into struggles that brought about profound transformation for the authors. All seekers committed to the Sufi path

GET BOOK
The Olympian Heroes Book  2
  • Author : Keshav Ramesh
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Release Date : 2014-12-26

The adventure continues as Zeus, Poseidon, Hades, and their dog Olympian journey out to sea to find the god of the sea as well as the legendary golden trident after barely escaping from the four half-giants! The trio encounter sea creatures and animals that tell them of the Titan Oceanus

GET BOOK