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ETHNIC GROUPS IN PRE-COLUMBIAN AMERICA

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          The many thousands of ancient carved and ceramic artifacts recovered throughout the Americas during recent times, support the existence in Pre-Columbian America of a great deal of ethnic diversity among the indigenous population.  The main ethnic groups of modern times, African, European and Oriental, were represented along with several other types.  However, subsequent to the European Conquest of the 15th Century and the mass demise of over 90 percent of indigenous peoples in America, due to introduced and endemic illnesses and deprivation, much of the diversity did not recover to its Pre-Columbian occurrence.  Rather, in many areas, there was a blending in with characteristics of the colonizers

 

          The artifacts showing ethnic types in this section are but a few of the many that may be found in museums throughout the world.  Some dimensions are included along with an estimation of their age:

 

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                African                    Asian                                       European

 

 

                                 Maya                       Neanderthal                            Olmec     

 

 

                                                 Western Mexico                     Western South America

 

               

                                                                                 Northern America

 

 

 

The ancient originators of the art shown in this section are posthumously respectfully acknowledged.

 

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