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In the Wake of the Jomon: Stone Age Mariners and a Voyage Across the…

by Jon Turk

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0071449027, Hardcover)

The thrilling account of an extraordinary journey
in the tradition of Kon-Tiki

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In 1996 a 9,500-year-old skeleton was found beside the Columbia River, galvanizing anthropologists with the possibility that prehistoric humans reached North America from Asia by crossing the ocean in small open boats. In this compelling narrative, world-class kayaker and science writer Jon Turk relates his successful attempt to re-create this perilous migration. This story wraps an intriguing anthropological argument inside a gripping narrative about the sea, an ancient people, and the wilderness of northeast Siberia.

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Recounting his two-year, 3,000-mile kayak voyage from Japan's bamboo forests to the tundra of Siberia and Alaska, Turk introduces strong archeological and anthropological evidence that his expedition was not the first. He explains how the ancient Jomon people could have completed this journey 10,000 to 15,000 years ago and provides insight into the question of why they did it. Both fascinating adventure and riveting prehistory, In the Wake of the Jomon is destined to become a classic.

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"In 1996, anthropologists were stunned by an extraordinary discovery near Kennewick, Washington. Skeletal remains found along the muddy banks of the Columbia River - and radio-carbon dated to between 9,300 and 9,600 years ago - were highly similar to those of the ancient Jomon people of northern Japan. Not only did this finding challenge conventional wisdom about the first Americans, it also raised a seemingly unanswerable question: Could prehistoric mariners have reached North America by crossing thousands of miles of the tempestuous North Pacific in small open boats? A few years later, Jon Turk set out to prove they could have." "In this remarkable narrative, adventurer and science writer Turk relates his two-year, 3,000-mile small-boat expedition to trace the probable route of the Jomom from Northern Japan to the coast of Alaska by way of Siberia. Along the way, he introduces strong archaeological and anthropological evidence that he was not the first to follow this route."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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