Re: [asa] First human

From: Murray Hogg <>
Date: Tue Oct 06 2009 - 15:41:09 EDT

Hi Bernie,

I can say it because that's what the archaeological evidence tells us.

The archaeological record shows that the same cultural developments took place at about the same time in isolated populations.

One example (among dozens) is the monumental architecture of Meso-America and the Middle East - the first Mesopotamian Ziggurats date from circa 400BC which is precisely the period of the first Mayan pyramids - of almost identical form.

Most archaeologists consider these to be independent developments - but maybe you should write and tell them their wrong.


Dehler, Bernie wrote:
> "The important point is that there is NO line of descent between the various cultural developments in question"
> I don't know how you can say that. For example, the practice of burying the dead (or other death preparation rituals, such as burning the body) could be a thing that was carried over from ancestors. But some cultures are radically different, such as the example in one culture where the dead are buried, and it is a gross violation to eat the dead bodies. In another culture, they eat the dead bodies and consider it to be a gross violation to burn them. That was an actual example I read from a book.

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