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#1 erice

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 05:46 PM

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In the next week or so, five adventurers will attempt to paddle a primitive hand-hewn canoe across 200 kilometers of ocean in hopes of revealing how humans originally populated East China Sea islands.

 

The 40-hour trip, from Taiwan to Yonaguni, the westernmost of Japan’s Okinawa Islands, is the culmination of a 6-year effort to experimentally determine what kinds of craft Paleolithic peoples may have built and used, and how they navigated over long ocean voyages.

 

Kaifu’s team—all seasoned ocean kayakers—will be paddling a log boat or dugout canoe of a type found in China and Japan dating back 8000 years.

 

The team used simple stone axes, modeled on Paleolithic era archeological findings in Japan, to chop down a 1-meter-thick tree and then hew it into a 7-meter-long, 350-kilogram dugout.

 

To emulate the ancients in other ways, the crew will not use modern navigational tools. Instead, the team includes a Maori man from New Zealand who can navigate by following the stars and judging winds and ocean swells.

 

https://www.sciencem...ancient-mystery


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#2 Kevin McCready

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 06:08 PM

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#3 armchairadmiral

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Posted 10 July 2019 - 06:20 PM

Yeah...it's amazing stuff. But think about the fact of how did they know ,in those days,if there was really something there or were they going to paddle off the edge of the world.
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Posted 10 July 2019 - 08:35 PM

Love the Paleolithic nav lights


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Posted 11 July 2019 - 09:22 AM

Ditto.


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Posted 11 July 2019 - 04:54 PM

am guessing

 

that stretch of water

 

didn't have as much night traffic back then

 

probably heaps of whales tho...


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Posted 12 July 2019 - 07:14 PM

Update, 10 July, 6:20 a.m.: A team of adventurers succeeded in paddling a primitive dug-out canoe across more than 200 kilometers of ocean to demonstrate how ancient humans may have reached the Ryukyu Islands scattered between Taiwan and Japan. “It was an unexpected big success,” says archeologist Yousuke Kaifu of Japan's National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo.


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Posted 12 July 2019 - 08:08 PM

well done!

 

bet there were blisters aplenty

 

They lost their way the second night when clouds obscured the stars they used to navigate.

Rather than paddle in an uncertain direction, they decided to rest.

As they slept, ocean currents carried them toward their target. 


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