[Sca-cooks] maize and cubits
t.d.decker at att.net
Sun Nov 29 18:41:06 PST 2009
Jefferys is one of the prime movers in the Diffusionist camp. I've gone
over his evidence for Pre-Columbian maize in the Old World and while he
makes an interesting case, the evidence is primarily derived from his
interpretation of Indian art. He ducks questions of alternative
interpretation and artistic style. It is an argument worth considering, but
noit very convincing. The paper is meant to support Diffusionist theory and
is a little iffy, so it is controversial academically.
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In the bibliography section of the Oxford Companion to Food, there is this
listing, which I think needs to be found and read:
Jeffreys, M.D.W. (1975) 'Pre-Columbian Maize in the Old World', in Margaret
L. Arnott (ed.) "Gastronomy", The Hague: Mouton.
In the article on maize in the Oxford Companion to Food, it specifically
cites this article but also calls it controversial.
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