Scientist visiting Austin College says ancient cultures could have crossed Atlantic

By: KXII staff Email
By: KXII staff Email

SHERMAN, TX - Austin college students got a real life history lesson Thursday from a man who's crossed the Atlantic in an ancient reed boat!

German scientist Dominique Goerlitz made the voyage to back up his theory that seafarers of the distant past navigated far beyond what's commonly accepted. Goerlitz, a botanist, says so far scientists can't explain how American seeds and plants were found in ancient Europe and North Africa. Over the past decade, in an attempt to show that primitive cultures were capable of Trans-Atlantic travel he and his team have made several journeys across the Atlantic in ancient Brazilian reed boats called Abora.

"We have survived 13 storms, heavy storms, and I'm hear as living proof that such voyages should be theoretically possible," said Goerlitz.

Goerlitz will soon brave the Atlantic once again in a reed boat called Abora IV.

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