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Re: Revisiting the Question of Pre-Columbian Contact between Mayan and Egyptian Cultures

'Hyperdiffusionist' is certainly a 'hyper-misunderstanding' of the course, since I stated that the course was interested in addressing the debates concerning the various views involved, 'debunked' or otherwise. Alongside the history of med, sci & tech in WH itself, I'm interested in helping students understand – among a number of other complex related issues – the historical development of the debates surrounding questions of contact & exchange versus independent development.

Re: Revisiting the Question of Pre-Columbian Contact between Mayan and Egyptian Cultures

Perhaps I misunderstand the objective of this particular course, but the description caught my attention. It reminds me a bit of hyperdiffusionism (not to be confused with diffusion). In the history of anthropology, as you may know, this debunked position is historically exemplified by the Egyptocentric (heliolithic) theory of Grafton Elliot Smith and W.J. Perry in the 1920s. Half a century later, an Afrocentric version appeared in Ivan van Sertima’s “They Came Before Columbus” (1976).

Revisiting the Question of Pre-Columbian Contact between Mayan and Egyptian Cultures

Dear Colleagues,

New Year greetings. I will be teaching 'Medicine, Science and Technology in World History' this semester. Debates over crosscultural contact and exchange versus independent development are central to the undertaking. Among other historical cases, I plan to raise the question of possible pre-Columbian contact between the Mayan and Egyptian cultures. Along these lines, I've come across the following sources in my brief, limited searches thus far:

Texas Mesoamerican Meetings

What used to be the Texas Maya meetings have now broadened out to include all of Ancient Mesoamerica.  The organizers are praticularly interested in have folks working on the Nahua and other groups to apply.  Unfortunately the deadline for proposals is fast approaching, October 23.  Please consider a proposal.  The submission link is as follows:
 
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