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Did Polynesians Reach the New World? South American Sweet Potatoes in the Pacific Islands.7:30 pm at UWL, Centennial Hall, room 1400Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Upcoming lecture by UWL Archaeology & Anthropology Department
Sweet potatoes are a New World crop, yet we find them in prehistoric contexts in the Pacific Islands. How did they get there? Weighing evidence derived from archaeology, physical anthropology, linguistics and cultural anthropology (as well as ethnobotany, ethnohistory), this presentation concludes that the most plausible explanation is that ancient Polynesian voyagers reached the South American coast, and brought them back to Polynesia.
Presenter: Dr. Rich Scaglion, UCIS Research Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Anthropology
Lecture is free and open to the public.
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