[Runequest] Literate Neolithics?
rog_benham at hotmail.com
Mon Sep 10 04:53:36 EST 2012
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.
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