Maori and Polynesian: their origin, history and culture
A Wave of Dark-haired Caucasians overflowed — Southern Asia and Australia in the Old Stone Age
A Wave of Dark-haired Caucasians overflowed
Southern Asia and Australia in the Old Stone Age
(8) Even in the old stone age, more than a hundred thousand years ago, he found his way into Southern Asia, into India and Ceylon, the Indo-Chinese Peninsula and Indonesia. For the greater part of the population of India had been Caucasianised long before the Sanskrit-speakers arrived, most of the primitive negroids and the late mongoloid migrations having been absorbed. And in the Veddahs of the hill region of Ceylon we have a waif left of the ancient palaeolithic wave that swept ever the coasts of the East, and overflowed into Indonesia, Papuasia and Australia. The page 22plentiful wavy hair, long head, and largely European features to be found amongst the peoples of those parts indicate a Caucasian element. And that it entered into them in palaeolithic times, when it used only rude chipped weapons and could not yet migrate over broad seas, is evident from the palaeolithic and unmaritime culture of the Australians and the hill-Veddahs. It is not unlikely that much of the Caucasianism of the pre-Mongol element in the north and the east of Asia is also palaeolithic. The absence of the blonde type from the Australians and the palaeolithic peoples of Southern Asia may be due to the predominance of the original element in them; but it is more likely that this primeval palaeolithic wave eastwards from the Mediterranean was due to the intrusion of the blondes driven before the advancing ice-sheet, and consisted solely of the brunettes that that wave displaced.