Academic journal article Rock Art Research

The First Mariners

Academic journal article Rock Art Research

The First Mariners

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The first mariners ROBERT G. BEDNARIK Research India Press, 2014, 335 pages, 190 mostly colour plates, hardcover, ISSN 978-93-5171-007-3.

This volume summarises the history and findings of the First Mariners Project, which the author commenced in 1996 and which is engaged in exploring the Ice Age origins of seafaring. This is the largest archaeological replication project ever undertaken. It has so far involved many hundreds of people, the construction of eight primitive vessels with stone tools under scientifically controlled conditions, and the sailing of six of them. Four bamboo rafts have succeeded in accomplishing the historically documented crossings they sought to replicate, the other efforts have failed. One of the successful experiments, a 1000-km journey to Australia in 1998, attempted to recreate the first human arrival in Australia, probably around 60000 years ago. Others addressed the much earlier sea crossings documented to have taken place in the islands of Indonesia, the earliest of which occurred up to a million years ago. Two of these experiments have featured in BBC productions, two others in National Geographic documentaries. This book describes the archaeological background and relevant issues comprehensively and it comprises an extensive pictorial record, of both the experiments and the archaeological basis of this research. …

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