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Beyond Kon-Tiki: Did Polynesians Sail to South America?

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Science  11 Jun 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5984, pp. 1344-1347
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5984.1344

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  • Separate Cases of South American-Polynesian Contact

    A. Lawler's News Focus ("Beyond Kon-Tiki: Did Polynesians sail to South America?", 11 June 2010, p. 1344) misunderstands its topic from the perspective of Pacific archaeology. The idea that Polynesians may have reached South America has been the orthodox and consensual position of Pacific archaeology for many decades and the Heyerdahl hypothesis, far from inducing a taboo on the topic, stimulated more discussion, mostly favorin...

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