- Feb 2017
- Latin America
"In the Eastern Woodlands, indigenous copper working goes back well over 7,000 years, and has been known to archaeologists for well over 150 years (Martin 1999)." Kathleen L. Ehrhardt, Copper Working Technologies, Contexts of Use, and Social Complexity in the Eastern Woodlands of Native North America, in Archaeometallurgy in Global Perspective, page 304.The Bronze Age mining is super shady... if I’m right it is not the mainstream consensus and is really only pushed by a couple people..
I’m betting the other historian you mentioned fits that category as well.
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That Polynesians had been exploring the Pacific for around 10,000 years it's also an undeniable fact. We have the earliest remains of human habitation in islands in Melanesia and Micronesia from that time. Not only that, but they reached South America around the same time as people from East Asia migrated through the Bering Strait. This is pretty much academic consensus now since there are petroglyphs of almost 10,000 years in Brazil. (By the way, before anyone makes a strawman of me, I don't mean Austronesians here, I mean the people who came before the Austronesians, and said Austronesians nevertheless started migrating and exploring the Pacific around the 5th or 4th millennium BCE).