Reed Boat Voyages

22 Oct 2016

At http://phys.org/print396196467.html ... a reed boat, the Viracocha III, is being built by Aymara Indians in Bolivia. American explorer Phil Buck claims Thor Heyerdahl was his boyhood hero - and he aims to  take a leaf out of his book. Her wants to prove that ancient mariners were capable of long distance voyages across the world's oceans, specifically using reed boats. He thinks this will open up some of the current restrictions on human migration patterns in the past, mainly as a result of scholarly resistance rather than practical reality. The idea is to show it was possible for people to sail between South America and Australia. In 2000 Buck used a reed boat to travel from Chile to Easter Island.