On the probability of an old world origin of the Chacoan "T"

Todd Greaves (†)

Religions and religious symbolism are durable artifacts of culture which can shed useful light on early population migrations and interactions. The evidence presented indicates a diffusion of the Tau Cross (T), with its doctrines and ancillary symbolism, from the Old World to the New, c. 1000BC. Earliest occurrence of elements of this complex are in Middle Eastern contexts of the fourth millennium BC. It continues in use today in Indo- Tibetan and Amerindian Pueblo contexts. As befits iconological studies, most of the evidence is visual in nature.