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Evidence Accumulates for Ancient Transoceanic Voyages, Says Geographer

An expert’s journey across controversial gap in history of the New World

By Tara MacIsaac, Epoch Times| June 8, 2016 AT 1:47 PM

Theories on the fringe of science sometimes slowly work their way into the core as the evidence accumulates.

“A classic example is the continental drift [theory],” said cultural geographer Stephen C. Jett, professor emeritus at the University of California–Davis. “In 1955, if you believed in continental drift, you were laughed at. In 1965, if you didn’t believe in continental drift, you were laughed at.”

He was a geography student while this dramatic change in opinion occurred, and he took the example to heart. Encouraged by a professor of his at Johns Hopkins University, Jett started a decades-long investigation into another controversial theory.

Diffusionism

Mainstream anthropology and archaeology holds that Norse expeditions around 1000 A.D. were the only ones to make it to the New World before Christopher Columbus landed in the 15th century. But on the fringes are multiple theories about other successful pre-Columbian expeditions. These theories are placed under the umbrella of “diffusionism.” Continue reading Evidence Accumulates for Ancient Transoceanic Voyages, Says Geographer

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