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Ancient use of rafts: Chile to Mexico

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posted on Apr, 5 2008 @ 02:08 PM
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Rafts



Oceangoing sailing rafts plied the waters of the equatorial Pacific long before Europeans arrived in the Americas, and carried tradegoods for thousands of miles all the way from modern-day Chile to western Mexico, according to new findings by MIT researchers in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.




posted on Apr, 6 2008 @ 07:34 PM
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Additional information on cultural ties between SA and NA perhaps prompted by raft commerce

Anawalt, Patricia Rieff. "Ancient Cultural Contacts between Ecuador, West Mexico, and the American Southwest: Clothing Similarities," Latin American Antiquity, 3 (1992), 114-129.

Anawalt, Patricia Rief. 1997. Traders of the Ecuadorean Littoral. Archaeology 50, #6: 48-52.



posted on Apr, 7 2008 @ 05:50 AM
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There is also good evidence of Oceanic trade with South America by Polynesians.



posted on Apr, 7 2008 @ 02:20 PM
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Originally posted by mojo4sale
There is also good evidence of Oceanic trade with South America by Polynesians.


Just recently they ID by DNA a polynesian chicken in SA. THe Polynesians if they landed wouldn't have had much chance as SA military technology was quite superior to theres.




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