posted on 07/14/2002 1:38:35 PM PDT
Among several factual errors in the article you linked.
I've never heard anybody say that the Vikings had a compass before.
Thor Heyerdahl sailed a balsa raft from Peru to Polynesia, not a reed boat.
There is excellent evidence the Phoenicians at least once sailed all the way around Africe, from Egypt down the Red Sea, returning through the Strait of Gibraltar.
Methinks the article was written by someone with little historical knowledge.
posted on 07/14/2002 1:52:18 PM PDT
I would not be too surprised at some Phoenicians roaming around the South Pacific.
I could visualize a bunch of Phoenicians, looking for new sea-trading prospects, traveling overland to Babylon, getting some ships built, and sailing east to India, then southeast past the Malasian Islands to Australia. A couple of thousand years later, there was a lively interest in trading for Chinese silk and spices from Ceylon, why not earlier?
The holes in the skull were for holding his space helmet in place.
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