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I think he could have simply presented I think this book was very ground breaking, and Van Sertima’s theory is very interesting, though a bit essentialist and for the critical eye, quite problematic.

Why not shake beofre up a bit?? With such a fascinating and wide sweep of historical thet that debunks so much tripe that has been published in the past, although it has been on the bookshelves for forty years, this is recommended reading. Though I do not believe the man definitively makes his case concerning a longstanding trade relationship between Africa and the Americas – his theory concerning the Mayan pyramids being built by the Nubian Era Egypt is particularly glaring since he never acknowledges or explain how, for some mysterious reason, they had forgotten to transfer the invention of the wheel.

She also planned to publish a book of his poetry. About Ivan Van Sertima. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. View all 6 comments. The presence and influence of Africans had to be covered up wherever it was found. He is the author of They Came Before Columbus: His article “The Lost Sciences of Africa: Besides making a brief mention of Eric Von-Danniken, one of my favorite Anthropologists ever, Ivan carelessly states that Von-Danniken “made up” his “spaceman theory,” a horrible misnomer as the actual Acheologica On pageof the Random House copy of this book, there is an apparent TYPO, first Paragraph, eighth line lvan, “Nacron a “preservative Egyptians used for Mummification ” should actually be “Natron.

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They Came Before Columbus: The African Presence in Ancient America by Ivan Van Sertima

Snow, a professor of anthropologywrote that Van Sertima “uses the now familiar technique of stringing together bits of carefully selected evidence, each surgically removed from the context that would give it a rational explanation”. Nov 01, R. But I ivah encourage everyone to read it, largely as an exercise to think through what he states, and find the holes in his theory yourself.


I think he could have simply presented the hard evidence and let it speak for itself. Snow continued, “The findings of professional archaeologists and physical anthropologists are misrepresented so that they seem to support the [Van Sertima] hypothesis”. During the decade of the s he broadcast weekly from Britain to Africa and the Caribbean.

Ivan Van Sertima

SMH Can you be more racist than this? When the Europeans made extensive contact with the American civilizations, the latter collapsed. I believe we will see the same with the African presence rhey America and you beore say you read it first with Sertima’s excellent book. He gets caught up in the argument of authenticity, which doesn’t seem to achieve much Nov 07, Joakim Wendell rated it did not like it. The research is outstanding, rooted in truth and well documented!

Botany cottonlinguistics the origin of the word, guaninmetallurgy the metal alloys in the spears the blacks gave the Americans in tradenavigation African boats tested on the Atlanticoceanography the columbhs that provided an easy circular route for the pre-Columbian West African tradearchaeology new skeletal finds in the Caribbean of Africans dated A.

Columbus really missed the party!

I learned a lot about how the navigational skills of the American Indians and North African transpired. I especially liked that h The best colimbus I’ve read on African American history.

Want to Read saving…. All of this evidence is absent because Van Sertima is basically a Charlatan using his creative writing degree to USE US for him money making scheme, and trick African columhus people into believe the nonsense of Nubians coming to give us civilization??? Of these, the latter is somewhat probable, though Sertima really only proves that Mali sent fleets west and that was known before his book was published.

Van Sertima defended his highly controversial thesis on the African presence in pre-Columbian America before the Smithsonian.

Overall I’m not sure the narrative is succinct enough to convince the average bugaboo. He was honored for his work in this field by being asked by the Nobel Committee of the Swedish Academy to nominate candidates for the Nobel Prize in Literature from He includes many photos and cites observations he made on numerous trips into Latin America.

Other authors make this point in a more reasoned manner supported by more research. While his Olmec theory has “spread widely in African American community, both lay and scholarly”, it was mostly ignored in Mesoamericanist scholarship, or else dismissed as Afrocentric pseudohistory to the effect of “robbing native American cultures”.


Ivan Van Sertima – Wikipedia

Rather, he ivah information for the reader to decide. He said, “You cannot really conceive of how insulting it is to Native Americans Van Sertima was born in Kitty Village, near Georgetownin what was then the colony of British Guiana present-day Guyana ; he retained his British citizenship throughout his life. By there had been a couple thousand years of contact backward and forward across the Atlantic.

Jun 24, John rated it it was ok Shelves: This book was incredible and to sum it up in a nutshell from Sertima’s own words, “The African presence in America before Columbus is of importance not only to African and American history but to the history of world civilizations.

These anthologies include Blacks in Science: After doing some more research inspired by reading this book I’ve learned that the Moors did indeed have very advanced navigational technology way ahead of the Europeans.

This book provides the underpinnings for my novel seritma Nubian Codex” See under “writing” and “thrillers. Since then however I had read better researched and better written material which supports the now seemingly obvious notion that civilizations of all cultural and ethnic stripes and in many geographic locations made very similar technological advances around the same period and those that ultimately came to prominence on a world wide scale had the help of other colunbus factors and just dumb luck.

Very interesting alternative rhey of well known data about pre-columbian america. They noted that no “genuine African artifact had been found in a controlled archaeological excavation in the New World. It was published in French in and in the same year, was awarded the Clarence L.

He masterfully wove in threads of information from botanical, linguistics, archeology and anthropology to prove his points. After hearing a friend speak highly of it this book; I had to read this book and research the topic on my own.