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During the decade of the s he broadcast weekly from Britain to Africa and the Caribbean. He is a literary critic, a linguist, an anthropologist and has made a name in all three fields. As a literary critic, he is the author of Caribbean Writers, a collection of critical essays on the Caribbean novel. He is also the author of several major literary reviews published in Denmark, India, Britain and the United States. He was honored for his work in this field by being asked by the Nobel Committee of the Swedish Academy to nominate candidates for the Nobel Prize in Literature from As a linguist, he has published essays on the dialect of the Sea Islands off the Georgia Coast.

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Early life[ edit ] Van Sertima was born in Kitty Village, near Georgetown , in what was then the colony of British Guiana present-day Guyana ; he retained his British citizenship throughout his life. He completed primary and secondary school in Guyana, and started writing poetry. In addition to his creative writing, Van Sertima completed his undergraduate studies in African languages and literature at SOAS in , where he graduated with honours.

During the s, he worked for several years in Great Britain as a journalist, doing weekly broadcasts to the Caribbean and Africa.

In doing field work in Africa, he compiled a dictionary of Swahili legal terms in After divorcing his first wife, Sertima remarried in , to Jacqueline L. Patten, who had two daughters. The book deals mostly with his arguments for an African origin of Mesoamerican culture in the Western Hemisphere.

It was generally "ignored or dismissed" by academic experts at the time and strongly criticised in detail in an academic journal, Current Anthropology , in His article "The Lost Sciences of Africa: An Overview" discusses early African advances in metallurgy, astronomy, mathematics, architecture, engineering, agriculture, navigation, medicine and writing.

He posited that higher learning, in Africa as elsewhere, was the preserve of elites in the centres of civilisations, rendering them vulnerable in the event of the destruction of those centres and the loss of such knowledge. He said, "You cannot really conceive of how insulting it is to Native Americans They noted that no "genuine African artifact had been found in a controlled archaeological excavation in the New World. Additionally, they wrote that Van Sertima "diminishe[d] the real achievements of Native American culture" by his claims of African origin for them.

Snow, a professor of anthropology , wrote that Van Sertima "uses the now familiar technique of stringing together bits of carefully selected evidence, each surgically removed from the context that would give it a rational explanation".

Snow continued, "The findings of professional archaeologists and physical anthropologists are misrepresented so that they seem to support the [Van Sertima] hypothesis". Holte Literary Prize". He died on 25 May aged She also planned to publish a book of his poetry.

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Early life[ edit ] Van Sertima was born in Kitty Village, near Georgetown , in what was then the colony of British Guiana present-day Guyana ; he retained his British citizenship throughout his life. He completed primary and secondary school in Guyana, and started writing poetry. In addition to his creative writing, Van Sertima completed his undergraduate studies in African languages and literature at SOAS in , where he graduated with honours. During the s, he worked for several years in Great Britain as a journalist, doing weekly broadcasts to the Caribbean and Africa. In doing field work in Africa, he compiled a dictionary of Swahili legal terms in After divorcing his first wife, Sertima remarried in , to Jacqueline L.

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