reply to post by Astyanax
Yes, the original assumption was that there were no elephants or elephant like creatures in South America which would then suggest a possible exchange
of culture or at least experience of a creature not native to the continent of the art.
This is not the case however.
"Certainly, the Gomphotheres, a diverse group of elephant-like animals (proboscideans) were not only widespread in North America during the Miocene
and Pliocene epochs, with some living in Eurasia and South America, they were slowly replaced by modern elephants, but the last South American species
did not finally become extinct until possibly as recently as 400 A.D. In the toxonomy of the Gomphotherium, the complete “parentage” was finally
decided in 1998 from Domain to Family. According to J. L. Prado, M. T. Alberdi, b. Azanza, B. Sanchex, and D. Frassinetti in their 2005 work on
elephants in South America, the Gomphothere remains are common at South American Paleo-indian sites. One example is the early human settlement at
Monte Verde, in Chile.
Consequently, elephants were widely distributed all over South America, with at least one variety existing to about the time of the annihilation of
the Nephites, 400 A.D."
Now as the OP says, enough with the F$#%in elephants
It is highly, highly unlikely, that any Egyptians after the 4th dynasty and those populations we associate with the pyramids (Im talking about the
text book Egyptology point of view here) ever had any regular contact with the america's or did so in a significant enough way to influence thier art
I think if you want to start talking about those kinds of connections as a possibility you have to start talking about pre-Sumerian interaction.
edit on 10-1-2013 by vind21 because: (no reason given)
edit on 10-1-2013 by vind21 because: spelling