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Lapita Voyage - in polynesischen Booten - nach polynesischer Navigation
Klaus Hympendahl with a model of a te-puke vessel. These boats were the last ocean going Polynesian sailing boats. One of them was still sailing the Santa-Cruz-Islands in the sixties. An original te-puke is exhibited in the Ethnological Museum in Berlin.

The history of the Pacific migrations has always fascinated people and has been the subject of much controversial discussion. There are many books written about the discovery of the South Seas, but not many focus on the boat types and seafaring skills that were required for these migrations.
In 1998 James Wharram wrote the article "Lessons from the Stone Age Sailors" (published July-Oct. 2000 in Watercraft Magazine) about the boat types that were developed in the Pacific and Indian Oceans. In 2003 James Wharram and Hanneke Boon gave the paper "The Pacific Migrations by Canoe Form Craft" at the 'International Symposium for
Boat and Ship Archaeology' in Roskilde, Denmark (published 2006). One of the best, most comprehensive and up to date articles about the Pacific sea migrations was published in German in the magazine "Abenteuer Archäologie" (Issue 4/2007),  "Die Entdeckung der Südsee".


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