This volume presents a synthesis of over a century of academic research on the question of prehistoric trans-oceanic contacts between Polynesia and the New World. Leading experts in archaeology, botany, linguistics, and physical anthropology discuss the latest ground-breaking evidence that supports pre-Columbian Polynesian landfalls in both North and South America.
Chapter 1 Re-introducing the Case for Polynesian Contact
Chapter 2 Diffusionism in Archaeological Theory: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Chapter 3 Myths and Oral Traditions
Chapter 4 A Longstanding Debate
Chapter 5 The Artifact Record from North America
Chapter 6 The Mapuche Connection
Chapter 7 Identifying Contact with the Americas: A Commensal Based Approach
Chapter 8 A Reappraisal of the Evidence for Pre-Columbian Introduction of Chickens to the Americas
Chapter 9 Did Ancient Polynesians Reach the New World? Evaluating Evidence from the Ecuadorian Gulf of Guayaquil
Chapter 10 Words from Furthest Polynesia: North and South American Linguistic Evidence for Prehistoric Contact
Chapter 11 Human Biological Evidence for Polynesian Contacts with the Americas -Finding Maui on Mocha or Kupe in Carmel?
Chapter 12 Rethinking the Chronology of Colonization of Southeast Polynesia
Chapter 13 Sailing from Polynesia to the Americas
Chapter 14 Summary and Conclusions
Published: 16th January 2011