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Carmen Bernand: "Pre-Columbian America remains to be discovered"


INTERVIEW – The anthropologist and historian recalls the scientific advances of recent decades and describes an open and moving continent.

Professor Emeritus of the University of Paris Nanterre, Carmen Bernand has just published a remarkable synthesis,

L'Amérique Latine Précolombienne.

From the first peoples to Tupac Amaru.

Last glaciation-16th century

, under the direction of Joël Cornette, at Belin.


- Knowledge of pre-Columbian America has made giant leaps in recent decades.

For what?

Carmen Bernard.


And there is still a lot to discover!

Until relatively recently, for lack of means, we had a very poor idea of ​​American history.

Since the 1950s, the use of carbon 14 for dating, then advances in archaeology, linguistics, genetics, the study of petroglyphs, fossil footprints, plants, pollens, coprolites , which reveal the diet of humans and animals, have enabled spectacular advances.

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The development of archeology in Russia or China on territories close to the Bering Strait…

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Source: lefigaro

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