Bound For Australia
Pp. 162-218 (57)
Robert G. Bednarik
This chapter describes the origins and early phases of the First Mariners
project, and the competitive background from which it emerged. The abortive Nale
Tasih 1 expedition is described and its failure is analyzed. This is followed by
archaeological and paleontological research in West Timor, which led to the discovery
of Middle Pleistocene evidence, paleontological and archaeological, east of Atambua.
The subsequent Nale Tasih 2 expedition succeeded in replicating the first colonization
of Australia, and the dramatic circumstances of this epic journey are narrated in detail.
First Mariners project, Nale Tasih 1, Nale Tasih 2, stegodon, stone
tools, maritime experiments, West Timor, northern Australia, Pleistocene
seafaring, Middle Paleolithic, maritime replication experiments.
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