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on January 15, 2013
I saw this on TV and bought it for my class. It's a great example of experiemental archaeology brought to the public. I actually bought this to show my class, as I thought it would be a great way to get young adults interested in how archaeology can be used outside of academia. It's also a very fun show as well as having interesing information.
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on August 14, 2014
Fascinating account, gave me goosebumps and almost a tear...This DVD was very moving: one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen was when the large sail was raised......

This was so far removed from static wall art, the ancient Egyptians had breathtaking skill and an undauntable ambition for adventure.

Too bad the archaeologists did not go on to PUNT and settle that question once and for all.
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on July 21, 2010
A shipbuilder family follows the designs carved in stone by Hatsheput and construct a wood ship. The pieces were carved like pieces to a puzzle and fit together. The ship builder used the wood dimensions of the of the pharaohs boat. The ship was submerged in the water to swell the wood, but it still leaked. Researchers found ancient linen and concluded linen was used to plug the cracks, anciently. The linen worked. The ship was worth. Next, a one ton mass was raised by human power and set into place. A square sail stabilized the round boat and it sailed easily to Punt. Home made rope was attached to the sail and connected to the mass through metal rings. Two large oars acted as a rudder gliding the boat through the water. The pharaoh ship was more than a religious artifact for travel through the underworld. The ship was capable of long distance navigation.

The next voyage should be to sail the ship from the Red sea to the Americas using known wind currents and complete the circuit by sail back to Egypt from the Americas. The Large Square sails were also used on the massive Chinese Junks that sail PreColumbian to the Americas. 1434, Menzies should join in the research and use Chinese and Greek navigation to attempt the epic voyage.
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on June 13, 2014
I love this documentary because it allows one to see how ancient ships were built in ancient Egypt, and the test sail is also absolutely exhilerating to watch.
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