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🤨 Twin Rabbit 🌸
K, sit back , I have a story to tell about a canoe, a map, and a 4 year research project.
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🤨 Twin Rabbit 🌸 Sep 19
Replying to @RabbitThoughts
When I was but a wide-eyed undergrad, dipping my toes into a bachelor's in anthropology, a class in archaeology briefly discussed a dugout canoe found in the Mississippi delta that carbon dated to around 1500 years old. It was taken to Texas A&M and disappeared into their lab.
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🤨 Twin Rabbit 🌸 Sep 19
Replying to @RabbitThoughts
This is not uncommon, many artifacts take years to fully research, but it piqued my curiosity because there were canoe-based cultures throughout the Mississippi for a long time. One of the oldest was the Poverty Point culture which goes back nearly 3000 years.
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🤨 Twin Rabbit 🌸 Sep 19
Replying to @RabbitThoughts
Also, the Mississippians (or 'Mound Builders') who gave us such capital cities as Cahokia and went all the way up to the Great Lakes.
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🤨 Twin Rabbit 🌸 Sep 19
Replying to @RabbitThoughts
So, like I said, in my wide-eyed enthusiasm I thought to myself "Self, we were wondering, if a canoe that could travel the Mississippi is contemporaneous with many of these Mississippi cultures, I wonder if that might be a connection point. And hey, Florida isn't too far away..."
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🤨 Twin Rabbit 🌸 Sep 19
Replying to @RabbitThoughts
"Utter Genius!" Self replied, "And while we're here, the Caribbean is practically within walking distance, surely a dugout of sufficient design could easily traverse..." But alas, Self and I were on a fool's errand.
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🤨 Twin Rabbit 🌸 Sep 19
Replying to @RabbitThoughts
See, all 'good' US anthros knew full well the migrations in the Americas went through Mexico and the Caribbean was only a last stop shortly before Columbus arrived. Look at the maps guys, the Caribbean is barely even worth including, except maybe Cuba 'cause it's like, huge.
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🤨 Twin Rabbit 🌸 Sep 19
Replying to @RabbitThoughts
But there's that darn 1500 year old canoe, right there next to Florida! "I know", I thought, "I'll see if I can find any mention at all of a dugout canoe in the Caribbean that has a similar date, or maybe older. That'll show 'em!"
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🤨 Twin Rabbit 🌸 Sep 19
Replying to @RabbitThoughts
And I did, at Blue Hole, in the Bahamas. In the Stargate cenote (how perfect is that?), on San Androse Island, and it was found with human remains. Holy crap, a pre-Columbian dugout that didn't just washup from somewhere else.
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🤨 Twin Rabbit 🌸 Sep 19
Replying to @RabbitThoughts
So began a four year research odyssey, which included the only archaeologist to study Stargate in detail dying before he published his findings, and left me having to rely on a reporter from a travel magazine to fill in the details.
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🤨 Twin Rabbit 🌸 Sep 19
Replying to @RabbitThoughts
Also sifting through Special Collections at my local library for the *one* book ever written by a guy who said 'Caribbean as last resort' theory was nonsense, photographing it with my phone because their copier was out (because they're chronically underfunded).
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🤨 Twin Rabbit 🌸 Sep 19
Replying to @RabbitThoughts
Also finding a barely reported excavation in Florida of a lake bed where literally hundreds of dugout canoes were identified that date back as far as 4000 years ago.
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🤨 Twin Rabbit 🌸 Sep 19
Replying to @RabbitThoughts
Proving beyond doubt that before Europe had even finished with the Fertile Crescent, Ancient Natives in the Americas had canoes that could carry them from the Great Lakes to what are now the East Coast of the US, the Yucatan, the Caribbean, and Brazil.
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🤨 Twin Rabbit 🌸 Sep 19
Replying to @RabbitThoughts
And when I reported my findings at a symposium, that there was clearly a vast trade network centered around the Caribbean and spanning the Canada to the Orinoco River I was asked, and I quote, "Why don't you study something important, like the Maya?".
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🤨 Twin Rabbit 🌸 Sep 19
Replying to @RabbitThoughts
"Why," you may ask, "Are people so obsessed with Mexico?" Excellent question, I wondered myself. Until I discovered the European obsession with the wheel. See, they think that land based travel is the best thing of ever, so that's their go-to explanation, for EVERYTHING.
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🤨 Twin Rabbit 🌸 Sep 19
Replying to @RabbitThoughts
Sidenote: did you know Rome was so bad at water-based warfare they invented machines so even if they were attacked on a boat by another boat they crossed on to each other's decks? Seriously, they treated boat battles like land battles.
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🤨 Twin Rabbit 🌸 Sep 19
Replying to @RabbitThoughts
One of Caesar's most absolutely famous confrontations involved him literally building a bridge *in the middle of a war* to cross a river because they weren't equipped to simply boat or swim across:
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🤨 Twin Rabbit 🌸 Sep 19
Replying to @RabbitThoughts
So *of course* the 'primitive' Natives in the Americas couldn't manage to find a series of islands they could see from shore, Caesar hadn't personally come and built them a bridge yet. <massive eyeroll emoji>
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🤨 Twin Rabbit 🌸 Sep 19
Replying to @RabbitThoughts
Why tell you this? The next time someone says something ignorant about 'inventing the wheel' I just want all of you to be able to look them straight in the face and say "My people had international shipping when your ancestors were still working out how writing works."
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🤨 Twin Rabbit 🌸 Sep 19
Replying to @RabbitThoughts
P.S. If you'd like supporting docs I got 'em. Tons. DNA results of plant life showing regular trade between the West Coast tribes and the Pacific Islands 2000 years ago... A geological report showing copper mined from the Great Lakes 5000 years ago is all over the Gulf Coast...
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🤨 Twin Rabbit 🌸 Sep 19
Replying to @RabbitThoughts
Economic events within the Olmec cultures coinciding with mass migrations in the northern Caribbean... And so on, and so on, and so on. This isn't about 'whose ancestors were better', it's about knowing our own history can stand on its own merits.
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