OT: Pre-Colonial America

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by William, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. William

    William Guest

    Why is it difficult to find decent information on Pre-Colonial America on
    the internet?

    It's a serious question BTW, not just a wind-up.
    William, Nov 22, 2010
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  2. William

    William Guest

    Isn't it the same thing?

    Looking at Pangea, 200 million years ago North America, Europe and Asia were
    connected. So, why does Europe and Asia have history dating back thousands
    of years, but America doesn't? Even Hawaii has history dating back before
    this period.
    William, Nov 22, 2010
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    John A. Guest

    More oral history than written, and lots of old story-tellers lost to
    diseases imported from Europe?

    Just a guess.
    John A., Nov 22, 2010
  4. William

    William Guest

    OK, just to keep it simple. Why is there no history of America?
    William, Nov 23, 2010
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    peter Guest

    good guess. Much of the history of the Druids was lost for the same reason.
    However, one can add extensive Spanish destruction of native temples,
    Prohibition of teaching native customs.
    peter, Nov 23, 2010
  6. It certainly oughtta! Nicely written- thanks, and thanks to the OP who
    may or may not have been casting lines. ....
    John McWilliams, Nov 23, 2010
  7. William

    peter Guest

    For an interesting easy reading book on language I would try:

    peter, Nov 23, 2010
  8. William

    peter Guest

    To me a very interesting book, published by Ca Cambridge, (I just had a
    brain fart about the title, ) illustrates linguistics to trace the
    migrations of people who did not have a culture of writing. e.g. Through
    linguistics they establish that the Celts once inhabited an area ranging
    from the Ganges to the English Channel. Another example was a shewing
    that the Cherokees may have been descendants of the Phoenicians.
    peter, Nov 23, 2010
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    Eric Stevens Guest


    "David Humiston Kelley (born April 1, 1924, Albany, New York) is a
    Canadian archaeologist and epigrapher, most noted for his work on
    the phonetic analysis and major contributions toward the
    decipherment of the writing system used by the Maya civilization of
    pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, the Maya script.

    From the late 1950s, he was one of the first Mayanist scholars to
    give credence to the theories of the Russian linguist and
    ethnographer Yuri Knorozov concerning the phonetic and syllabic
    nature of the Maya script, which would later lead to breakthroughs
    in the script's decipherment. Kelley's landmark 1962 paper,
    Phoneticism in the Maya Script, would provide important
    corroborating data of the phonetic interpretation of Maya glyphs,
    which ran counter to the then-prevailing view that the script
    lacked phonetic elements.

    Eric Stevens
    Eric Stevens, Nov 23, 2010
  10. William

    William Guest

    I wasn't casting lines, I'm genuinely interested.

    It probably came across like that because I don't know a great deal about
    history and have always been more interested in science/technology/the
    future, but have recently taken a bit more of an interest in history. I
    just thought it strange that there was so little information, when there is
    so much information on the Egyptians, Romans, etc.
    William, Nov 24, 2010
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