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Suggestions for Evaluating Archaeological Maize


In his report on excavations in Costa Rica, M. J. Snarskis interpreted a carbonized fragment of a maize cob, identified as the South American race Pollo, as evidence for contact with South America. It is suggested that this interpretation is invalid because of insufficient material and because the origins and relationships of the race Pollo are unclear.

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Edgar Anderson , and Hugh C. Cutler 1942 Races of Zea mays: I. Their recognition andclassification. Annals of the Missouri BotanicalGarden 29:6989.

Mary Eubanks Dunn 1975 Ceramic evidence for the prehistoric distributionof maize in Mexico. American Antiquity 40:30514.

Lee Wayne Lenz 1948 Comparative histology of the female inflorescence of Zea mays L. Annals of the Missouri BotanicalGarden 35:35377.

Olga F. Linares , Payson D. Sheets , and E. Jane Rosenthal 1975 Prehistoric agriculture in tropical highlands. Science 187:13845.

Paul C. Mangelsdorf 1974 Corn: its origin, evolution, and improvement. Harvard University Press, Cambridge.

Norton H. Nickerson 1953 Variation in cob morphology among certainarchaeological and ethnological races of maize. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 40:79111.

Michael J. Snarskis 1976 Stratigraphic excavations in the eastern low-land of Costa Rica. American Antiquity 41:34253.

Doris Stone 1956 Data of maize in Talamanca, Costa Rica: anhypothesis. Journal de la Société desAmericanistes, N. S. 45:18994.

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American Antiquity
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