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    Posted: 05-Oct-2007 at 18:11

Stone tool reveals lengthy Polynesian voyage

Adzes form the first hard evidence of two-way travel between Hawaii and Tahiti.

The discovery of an adze fashioned from Hawaiian basalt on a Tuamotu atoll in French Polynesia provides the first material evidence that ancient voyagers made an 8,000-kilometre round trip from the South Pacific to Hawaii and back again.

More than 2,000 years ago, seafarers from Samoa and Tonga ventured eastward to settle on more remote archipelagos in the Pacific Ocean, including the Cook Islands, Tahiti, and the Marquesas Islands, colonizing most of these places by 900 AD.

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  Quote Sander Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06-Oct-2007 at 00:34
Interesting  that some additional evidence for the 2 way voyages comes up. Fortunately, most experts of today already had little doubts.
For a while ( especially 60s and 70s ) it was fashion to doubt the Polynesian navigation skills( Andrew Sharp was the leading figure in this ). Also, most long journeys were regarded as one- way. Yet, that is long ago and since last decades virtually all experts  agree that 2 way voyages were common in the pacific . Such journeys have been scientifically demonstrated by native Oceanic navigators ( Micronesians and Polynesians, see the books from David Lewis , Ben Finney and many others ) solely using the Pacific system. Suddenly, the skeptics did not know where to hide.LOL
From Tahiti region to Hawaii was already an impressive journey, but viceversa was even more difficult. The ocean itself ( so not merely the winds ) is moving from east to west. Hawaii is some 4000 km to the north of Tahiti but on a more westerly meridian though. So, from Tahiti to hawaii the ocean did not work heavily against the sailors ( this does not mean it was easy ) But, from Hawaii to Tahiti??!! One has to make up for some 4000 km leeway ( here, drifting to west ) One needs to sail hard into the easterly tradewinds to overcome this leeway. In 1976 professor Ben Finney demonstrated it in his Polynesian ship with native crews and methodes though.

Edited by Sander - 06-Oct-2007 at 00:39
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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06-Oct-2007 at 03:02
I am a fan of Polynesian navigations, and particularly of Easter Islanders civilization. Above all I love the ancient catamarans that allowed Polynesians to conquer the Pacific. A huge ocean that covers almost half the globe.
Some pictures of ancient catamarans.
From the site of the book Ancient Hawaii

Edited by pinguin - 06-Oct-2007 at 03:07
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