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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:

[Review] Sweeney on Pluckhahn and Thompson--cross-posted from H-AmIndian

Thomas J. Pluckhahn, Victor D. Thompson. New Histories of Village
Life at Crystal River. Florida Museum of Natural History: Ripley P.
Bullen Series. Gainesville University of Florida Press, 2018.
Illustrations, tables. 298 pp. $79.95 (cloth), ISBN
978-1-68340-035-6.

Reviewed by Kara Bridgman Sweeney (Georgia Southern University)
Published on H-AmIndian (September, 2018)
Commissioned by F. Evan Nooe

Contextualizing Early Villages in Pre-Columbian Florida

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