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  •  Many North American cultures... (5+ / 0-)
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    seem to have built with wood, rather than stone.  Which makes their existence as difficult to detect as "woodhenge" the wooden companion structure to Stonehenge.

    •  And add that nobody really LOOKED for it: (3+ / 0-)
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      The whereabouts of even a place like Sparta became lost because the Spartans weren't big builders and for centuries nobody really cared.  

      Or Vergina, in northern Greece: sure, the locals saw a big mound and knew someone built it, but nobody really cared more than that.

      So who was looking for an advanced indigenous civilization in the Americas?  It serves more purpose to pretend like it has never been anybody's.

      Nobody ever bombed a pro-life office.

      by Inland on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 09:19:52 AM PST

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      •  A civilization not based on rock and metal (1+ / 0-)
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        leaves remarkably few traces, anyway.  There are some civilizations of which we have clear historical records, but very little archaeological records, because everything they built decayed.

        Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

        by neroden on Sun Jan 30, 2011 at 09:18:20 PM PST

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