[Runequest] Literate Neolithics?

Roger Benham rog_benham at hotmail.com
Mon Sep 10 04:53:36 EST 2012

An uber-quipu!
And on the subject of Australian settlement, there are cave paintings in Northern Australia showing high prowed ocean going canoes.  Settlement's possible either through island hopping or longer maritime jaunts: Take your pick!

From: ahnen at hotmail.com
To: runequest at rpgreview.net
Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2012 11:18:57 -0700
Subject: Re: [Runequest] Literate Neolithics?

Apologies if this was covered already, but there is a group in Africa where supposedly people can speak a verbal message while an 'expert' ties knots on a cord...then when the cord is  unwound by another 'expert' in another area, the 'expert' speaks the message both accurately and verbatim.  Hey, it's legend...but possibly appropriate for a neolithic setting.

> Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2012 10:50:18 +0200
> From: postmaster at runequest.za.org
> To: runequest at rpgreview.net
> Subject: Re: [Runequest] Literate Neolithics?
> lev at rpgreview.net wrote:
> >
> > We don't have any evidence that Australia was settled by paleolithic
> > oceanic craft. Certainly the bark canoes (or more probably, driftwood)
> > could have made coastal journeys at best, island hopping across the
> > Indonesian archipelago, making it to the ice-age land bridge that existed
> > between Australia and New Guinea. It wasn't until the seventeenth century
> > CE, by best estimations, that the powerful dugout canoes were in use.
> >
> There was a national geographic article about this. A land bridge to
> australia due to low ocean levels from ice age. Also explains the
> different evolution of Australia insofar a deep sea trench stopped
> africanised type colonisation. (Elephants etc). Cant remember much of
> article, but for sure made good reading at the time.
> Tony
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