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ANCIENT Ocean Crossings ANCIENT Ocean Crossings Reconsidering the Case for Contacts with the Pre-­ Columbian Americas STEPHEN C. JETT The University of Ala­ bama Press Tuscaloosa The University of Ala­ bama Press Tuscaloosa, Ala­bama 35487-­0380 uapress.ua.edu Copyright © 2017 by the University of Ala­ bama Press All rights reserved. Inquiries about reproducing material from this work should be addressed to the University of Ala­ bama Press. Typeface: Scala and Scala Sans Manufactured in the United States of America Cover image: Japanese woodcut of a nine-bamboo sailing-raft from Tai-tung, Formosa (Taiwan), 1803, from S. N. Hata, A Voyage to the Island of Chi-po-ran Cover design: Erin Bradley Dangar/Dangar Design Cataloging-­ in-­ Publication data is available from the Library of Congress. ISBN: 978-­0-­8173-­1939-­7 E-­ISBN: 978-­0-­8173-­9075-­4 To all those living academics courageous enough to have continued pursuing their convictions concerning ancient contacts in the face of a highly negative intellectual climate, and who, despite the professional risks, have managed to make great contributions to building the study of transoceanic interinfluences into a serious and respectable endeavor. These and their departed predecessors are the giants on whose shoulders I stand. ...