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On Open Minds and Missed Marks: A Response to Atholl Anderson

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 January 2017

Terry L. Jones
Department of Social Sciences, California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, CA 93407 (
Kathryn A. Klar
Celtic Studies Program-#2690, 6303 Dwindle Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720-2690 (


While we appreciate Atholl Anderson's willingness to consider transoceanic diffusion as a viable possibility, he misrepresents parts of our argument and ignores others, particularly the linguistics that suggest that the Chumash and Gabrieliño borrowed the technique of sewn-plank construction and words related to that technique—not the word for boat or the specific design of a boat. The composite bone fishhook that appears in the Santa Barbara Channel ca. A.D. 700–900 matches simpler Hawaiian variants yet shows a significant stylistic departure from earlier southern California types. A chronological window of A.D. 400–800 for Polynesian contact is still consistent with realistic estimates for both the timing of the appearance of the sewn-plank boat technology in southern California and the initial settlement of Hawaii.



Mientras reconocemos la disposición de Atholl Anderson para considerar la difusión transoceánica como una posibilidad viable, él tergiversa partes de nuestro argumento e ignora otras, especialmente la lingüística, que sugiere que el Chumash y el Gabrieliño tomaron la técnica de construcción de tablón-cosido y palabras relacionadas a esa técnica, no la palabra para barco ni el diseño específico de un barco. El anzuelo compuesto de hueso que aparece en el Canal de Santa Barbara entre A.D. 700 y 900 es igual a variantes hawaianas más sencillas, aunque muestra un inicio estilístico significativo procedente de tipos locales. Una ventana cronológica entre A.D. 400 y 800 para el contacto polinesio es todavía coherente con estimaciones prácticas para el periodo de aparición de la tecnología del barco de tablón-cosido en California meridional, y en el asentamiento inicial de Hawaii.

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