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Updated June 2, 2020

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  • Did Polynesians Reach the New World? South American Sweet Potatoes in the Pacific Islands.

    Wednesday, September 28, 2016
    7:30 pm at UWL, Centennial Hall, room 1400

    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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