Saturday, August 3, 2013

Silk Road Map and Theory of Diffusionism

This is a map of the Silk Road.  MAP SOURCE

As you can see, it is not just ONE road marked out between China and the Middle East. It is lots of different roads, all branching off and joining up (diverging and merging) along the way.

No wonder  cultures, inventions and ideas were diffused along the way. It was inevitable.

This idea is explored in a number of novels and books. One of my favourite is the NUMA Files Series written by Clive Cussler. 

Diffusionists believe that cultures didnt evolve in isolation, but rather that they diffused from one place to another.

The diffusionist theory had always faced one major hurdle. The absence of scientifically verified evidence that would prove contact between one hemisphere and another before Columbus.

People could talk all they wanted to about how Egyptian pyramids and Cambodian temples and Mexican mounds resembled one another. But nobody had discovered the artifact to connect them. Until Now.....

Chapter 4
A NUMA Files Novel
Clive Cussler & Paul Kemprecos

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