The Adventure of Experimental Archeology - navigation after 8000 years
We sail in May 25th 2019
The main objective of the first expedition was to test the monoxyl for the transport of persons, crop and livestock (domestic animals). The vessel was made using Neolithic tools (from Younger Stone Age) and had no original template. The route was planned across the Aegean Sea, starting at the island of Samos just next to the Turkish coastline and went through the chain of islands of Ikaria, Mykonos, Tinos, Andros and Evia up to the coast of the Attica Peninsula where it ended near the town of Nea Makri. ... see more here
The second expedition tested sea navigation alongside the coast of Italy, France, Spain and Portugal. This expedition was a natural continuation of the first voyage to the areas where spreading of the Early Neolithic Cardial (cardial-impressed) culture had been proven. The Monoxylon II expedition culminated in Lisbon by taking part in the World Exposition EXPO ‘98 which theme was “The Oceans, a Heritage for the Future”. The template for the construction of Monoxylu II. was based on a find of a Neolithic boat in Lake Bracciano (Italy, Rome). ... see more here
Thanks to new archeological finds from the Middle and Younger Stone Age found in Cyprus, Crete and other islands of Aegean Sea, the subject of the oldest Mediterranean navigation is still relevant in current professional literature. There are not, however, many new additions on the list of archeological experiments which would contribute to address the question of the spreading of old cultures by navigating the seas. Therefore we have decided to dust off our 20 years old boat and roll it out ... ... and in May 2019 we sail!