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Did Roman soldiers shake hands with ancient Mexicans?
New Scientist 12Feb00 N6
By Jonathan Knight

Although there has long been anecdotal evidence of links between the ancient Mediterranean world and the New World, the first official modern scientific discovery of such a link has been announced in this week's New Scientist, a UK science magazine (12/02/00 issue)

The find was made by a University of Calgary (my alma mater, I'm proud to point out!) archaeologist, with some colleagues, from a site in the Toluca valley, about 65 km NW of Mexico City, and is that of a terra cotta Caucasian with curly, "Roman"-style beard. The head was dated by sophisticated testing to about 210 AD. Archaeologists are now admitting that Mediterranean-New World links cannot be considered out of the question.

Marc Schindler Spruce Grove, Alberta -- the Gateway to the Boreal Parkland

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