Journal Devoted to Questions of Ancient Transoceanic Contacts
Academia has often ignored controversial evidence of early cultural contact between the Old and New Worlds. Pre-Columbiana: A Journal of Long-Distance Contacts brings attention to rigorous scholarship supporting diffusionist claims while meeting the demands of scholarly and scientific objectivity. Developed by Stephen C. Jett, a geography professor at the University of California, Davis, the interdisciplinary journal offers studies that have been reviewed by a panel of scholars that includes John L. Sorenson, a BYU emeritus professor of anthropology and FARMS associate who has published widely on the subject.
The first issue of Pre-Columbiana (June/ December 1998) features articles on "Early Watercraft and Navigation in the Pacific," "American Crop Plants in Asia before A.D. 1500," "China and Pacific Basin Art and Architectural Styles," and "Linguistic Similarities between Austronesian and South American Indian Languages," among others. It also includes research reports, book reviews, and an annotated bibliography. To obtain a copy of this inaugural issue or to subscribe, contact the Early Sites Research Society West at P.O. Box 4175, Independence, MO 64050.