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Navigationof the sea is shown to have commenced in the order of one million years ago.The earliest evidence for it appears to be that available from Nusa Tenggara,Indonesia, but seafarers colonized also numerous other islands and onecontinent during the Pleistocene. These early technological feats of homininsprovide a reliable measure of their technological limits, and indirectly abouttheir cognitive faculties as well. To explore these aspects, the First MarinersProject conducts numerous experiments, some of which are briefly described inthis paper. The implications of its findings for the first colonization of theAmericas are also considered.


Maritime Navigation, Pleistocene, Indonesia, Mediterranean, America, Replicative Experimentation

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Bednarik, R. 2014 The Beginnings of Maritime Travel. Advances in Anthropology, 4, 209-221. doi: 10.4236-aa.2014.44023.

Autor: Robert G. Bednarik*



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