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Man Across the Sea by Carroll L. Riley
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Jul 17, 2009

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This book is a compendium of the papers presented at a symposium held during the national meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in 1968. It's of special interest because it includes a paper by George F. Carter on Pre-Columbian Chickens in America. The assumption has been that chickens arrived with the Spanish, but this paper raises significant questions about how that conclusion was reached and offers some analysis that suggests that chickens were in the Americas before European contact. It's a provocative subject and I plan to spend more time studying it and looking at other sources.

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