* Astronomy

Members Login
Post Info TOPIC: Ancient mariners


L

Posts: 131433
Date:
RE: Ancient mariners
Permalink  
 


 A stone tool unearthed on a coral atoll near Tahiti has provided the first hard evidence for the extraordinary seafaring skills of ancient Pacific islanders.
Australian scientists have shown it was carved from volcanic rock from a Hawaiian island 4000 kilometres to the north.
Marshall Weisler, of the University of Queensland, said his research confirmed Hawaiian oral histories that about 1000 years ago the settlers who had arrived in Hawaii from the south were able to make epic canoe trips to and from Tahiti without any navigational instruments.

"This 4000-kilometre journey now stands as the longest uninterrupted maritime voyage in human prehistory" - Marshall Weisler.

Read more 

__________________


L

Posts: 131433
Date:
Permalink  
 

Archaeologists excavating the seabed off Cyprus have discovered the tools of ancient mariners, which they believe were used by foragers more than 10,000 years ago - before the island had permanent settlements.
The underwater discovery of what archaeologists said were the oldest materials recovered off the island's coast could shed fresh light on the early history of Cyprus and Mediterranean seafaring.
Earlier this month, divers located the pre-Neolithic finds - chipped stone tools and ground stone implements - in several areas off the western coast, near Aspros, an archaeological site discovered in 2004.

Read more

__________________
«First  <  1 2 | Page of 2  sorted by
Quick Reply

Please log in to post quick replies.



Create your own FREE Forum
Report Abuse
Powered by ActiveBoard