Can Reed Boats Unveil the Secrets of the Ancient Egyptians?

Published August 5th, 2019 - 06:37 GMT

Adventurers will set sail in a boat made of reeds to discover whether the ancient Egyptians could sail as far as the Black Sea, as claimed in historical records.

Dozens of researchers and volunteers have gathered from eight different countries to set out in mid-August on a 1,300 kilometres trip in order to test the hypothesis that prehistoric trade routes traversed the high seas.

Researchers seek to show that the voyage aboard the 'Abora IV' will prove that the old Egyptians succeeded in similar journeys in reed boats thousands of years ago.

 

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A member of the crew assembles the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. A team of two dozen researchers and volunteers from eight countries are preparing to set out in mid-August on a 1,300 kilometres (700 nautical mailes or 800 miles) journey to test the hypothesis that prehistoric trade routes traversed the high seas. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP

A member of the crew assembles the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. A team of two dozen researchers and volunteers from eight countries are preparing to set out in mid-August on a 1,300 kilometres (700 nautical mailes or 800 miles) journey to test the hypothesis that prehistoric trade routes traversed the high seas. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP

Members of the crew assemble the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. A team of two dozen researchers and volunteers from eight countries are preparing to set out in mid-August on a 1,300 kilometres (700 nautical mailes or 800 miles) journey to test the hypothesis that prehistoric trade routes traversed the high seas. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP

Members of the crew assemble the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. A team of two dozen researchers and volunteers from eight countries are preparing to set out in mid-August on a 1,300 kilometres (700 nautical mailes or 800 miles) journey to test the hypothesis that prehistoric trade routes traversed the high seas. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP

A team of two dozen researchers and volunteers from eight countries are preparing to set out in mid-August on a 1,300 kilometres (700 nautical mailes or 800 miles) journey to test the hypothesis that prehistoric trade routes traversed the high seas. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP

A team of two dozen researchers and volunteers from eight countries are preparing to set out in mid-August on a 1,300 kilometres (700 nautical mailes or 800 miles) journey to test the hypothesis that prehistoric trade routes traversed the high seas. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP

A member of the crew assembles the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP

A member of the crew assembles the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP

Abora IV expedition leader German archeologist Dominique Goerlitz speaks to AFP in front of the 14-meter long sailing reed boat in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP

Abora IV expedition leader German archeologist Dominique Goerlitz speaks to AFP in front of the 14-meter long sailing reed boat in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP

A team of two dozen researchers and volunteers from eight countries are preparing to set out in mid-August on a 1,300 kilometres (700 nautical mailes or 800 miles) journey to test the hypothesis that prehistoric trade routes traversed the high seas. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP

A team of two dozen researchers and volunteers from eight countries are preparing to set out in mid-August on a 1,300 kilometres (700 nautical mailes or 800 miles) journey to test the hypothesis that prehistoric trade routes traversed the high seas. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP

Members of the crew assemble the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP

Members of the crew assemble the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP

Members of the crew assemble the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP

Members of the crew assemble the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP

A member of the crew assembles the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. A team of two dozen researchers and volunteers from eight countries are preparing to set out in mid-August on a 1,300 kilometres (700 nautical mailes or 800 miles) journey to test the hypothesis that prehistoric trade routes traversed the high seas. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
Members of the crew assemble the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. A team of two dozen researchers and volunteers from eight countries are preparing to set out in mid-August on a 1,300 kilometres (700 nautical mailes or 800 miles) journey to test the hypothesis that prehistoric trade routes traversed the high seas. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
A team of two dozen researchers and volunteers from eight countries are preparing to set out in mid-August on a 1,300 kilometres (700 nautical mailes or 800 miles) journey to test the hypothesis that prehistoric trade routes traversed the high seas. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
A member of the crew assembles the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
Abora IV expedition leader German archeologist Dominique Goerlitz speaks to AFP in front of the 14-meter long sailing reed boat in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
A team of two dozen researchers and volunteers from eight countries are preparing to set out in mid-August on a 1,300 kilometres (700 nautical mailes or 800 miles) journey to test the hypothesis that prehistoric trade routes traversed the high seas. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
Members of the crew assemble the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
Members of the crew assemble the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
A member of the crew assembles the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. A team of two dozen researchers and volunteers from eight countries are preparing to set out in mid-August on a 1,300 kilometres (700 nautical mailes or 800 miles) journey to test the hypothesis that prehistoric trade routes traversed the high seas. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
A member of the crew assembles the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. A team of two dozen researchers and volunteers from eight countries are preparing to set out in mid-August on a 1,300 kilometres (700 nautical mailes or 800 miles) journey to test the hypothesis that prehistoric trade routes traversed the high seas. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
Members of the crew assemble the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. A team of two dozen researchers and volunteers from eight countries are preparing to set out in mid-August on a 1,300 kilometres (700 nautical mailes or 800 miles) journey to test the hypothesis that prehistoric trade routes traversed the high seas. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
Members of the crew assemble the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. A team of two dozen researchers and volunteers from eight countries are preparing to set out in mid-August on a 1,300 kilometres (700 nautical mailes or 800 miles) journey to test the hypothesis that prehistoric trade routes traversed the high seas. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
A team of two dozen researchers and volunteers from eight countries are preparing to set out in mid-August on a 1,300 kilometres (700 nautical mailes or 800 miles) journey to test the hypothesis that prehistoric trade routes traversed the high seas. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
A team of two dozen researchers and volunteers from eight countries are preparing to set out in mid-August on a 1,300 kilometres (700 nautical mailes or 800 miles) journey to test the hypothesis that prehistoric trade routes traversed the high seas. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
A member of the crew assembles the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
A member of the crew assembles the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
Abora IV expedition leader German archeologist Dominique Goerlitz speaks to AFP in front of the 14-meter long sailing reed boat in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
Abora IV expedition leader German archeologist Dominique Goerlitz speaks to AFP in front of the 14-meter long sailing reed boat in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
A team of two dozen researchers and volunteers from eight countries are preparing to set out in mid-August on a 1,300 kilometres (700 nautical mailes or 800 miles) journey to test the hypothesis that prehistoric trade routes traversed the high seas. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
A team of two dozen researchers and volunteers from eight countries are preparing to set out in mid-August on a 1,300 kilometres (700 nautical mailes or 800 miles) journey to test the hypothesis that prehistoric trade routes traversed the high seas. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
Members of the crew assemble the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
Members of the crew assemble the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
Members of the crew assemble the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP
Members of the crew assemble the 14-meter long sailing reed boat Abora IV in the town of Beloslav, Bulgaria, on July 25, 2019. NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP