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Early Maize in Northeastern North America: A Comment on Emerson and Colleagues

TitleEarly Maize in Northeastern North America: A Comment on Emerson and Colleagues
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsHart, JP, Lovis, WA, Katzenberg, MA
JournalAmerican Antiquity
Volume86
Issue2
Pagination425 - 427
Date PublishedJan-04-2021
ISSN0002-7316
Keywordsearly maize, microbotanicals, northeastern North America, Stable isotopes
Abstract

Emerson and colleagues (2020) provide new isotopic evidence on directly dated human bone from the Greater Cahokia region. They conclude that maize was not adopted in the region prior to AD 900. Placing this result within the larger context of maize histories in northeastern North America, they suggest that evidence from the lower Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River valley for earlier maize is “enigmatic” and “perplexing.” Here, we review that evidence, accumulated over the course of several decades, and question why Emerson and colleagues felt the need to offer opinions on that evidence without providing any new contradictory empirical evidence for the region.

URLhttps://www.cambridge.org/core/product/identifier/S0002731620000931/type/journal_article
DOI10.1017/aaq.2020.93
Short TitleAm. Antiq.