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That's a good book, but it exagerates the claims. I got in contact with the guy (that actually has those last names) and he explained me several things. I don't agree, though, in his extreme diffusionist ideas, and less that maize was known in Africa in precolombian times!
However, the evidence he shows on musical instruments, mining and other topics are quite interesting.
I wonder if a serious profesional scholar would ever took this topic and try to filter the true from the fantasy.
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You two are not arguing over exclusive things, its quite possible for Zimbabwe to be built completely by locals, with local materials and local styles (in fact it would be almost impossible not to do this) and to have been influenced by Indonesian/Madagascan architecture.

The White House is very American in its design, but it is influenced by Graeco-Roman design.

Quote One of the factors preventing southeastasia  from being the permanent leader in navigation, ahead of western Europe may have been devastating tsunamis. If any area of the world should be expected to colonise the rest over the oceans before western europeans it should have been that part of the world!

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Originally posted by Omar al Hashim Omar al Hashim wrote:

You two are not arguing over exclusive things, its quite possible for Zimbabwe to be built completely by locals, with local materials and local styles (in fact it would be almost impossible not to do this) and to have been influenced by Indonesian/Madagascan architecture.

The White House is very American in its design, but it is influenced by Graeco-Roman design.
 
Absolutely. Nobody is arguing that everything came from Indonesia, at all. What is interesting to me, at least, is the degree of interaction between cultures so far away, in such early time in history (300 to 500 AD)
There are interesting things that are proper to Africa and not the South East Asia: fractal architecture, for instance. I believe the thumb piano is an African invention as well. What matters is to figure it out what happened so long ago, how plants like bananas and yams arrived to Africa, and what was the extent of commerce.
 
 
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