Re: [ancient_waterways_society] Re: "The Brendan Voyage" is an interesting book
aha! good comment! Which leg do we choose to stand on...
--- On Mon, 8/8/11, Dave Goudsward <dave@...> wrote:
From: Dave Goudsward <dave@...>
Subject: Re: [ancient_waterways_society] Re: "The Brendan Voyage" is an interesting book
Date: Monday, August 8, 2011, 5:16 PMIt very well could be a difusion from either direction, but keep in mind
the historical perspective - the book is a product of the times. In
1937, Lethbridge was bordering on heresy by just suggesting that the two
vessels were anything but independent inventions, let alone publishing
On the risk of cherry-picking data, regardless of conclusions,
Lethbridge does an outstanding job of pointing out similarities
in.physical design. I'll have to re-read the book, but I don't recall
Lethbridge being particularly focused on proving which came first.
Similarly, Tim Severin's book proves currachs could sail from Ireland to
Newfoundland - it doesn't preclude such a similar voyage previously in
the opposite direction.
The nice thing about Eurocentric research is that it's a double-edged
sword. If it's a round trip voyage, we just need to determine which leg
of the trip was the return voyage.
Lake Worth, FL
Chris Patenaude wrote:
> This observation would re-iterate the caution not to be Eurocentric
> and think that things seen in N.America, that seem to follow a
> European model, came as copying the European sample... Rather that
> perhaps it was the circumpolar traveling Inuit-Eskimo culture that
> introduced the skin boat to the Irish, eh?
> --- On *Sat, 7/23/11, Dave Goudsward /<dave@...>/* wrote:
> From: Dave Goudsward <dave@...>
> Subject: [ancient_waterways_society] Re: "The Brendan Voyage" is
> an interesting book
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Date: Saturday, July 23, 2011, 9:52 PM
> You may also want to track down a copy of T.C. Lethbridge's privately
> published booklet "Umiak" (1937), a brief study of the similarities
> between the umiak, a skin-covered boat used by Eskimos and the
> skin-covered currachs used in Britain.
> Dave Goudsward
> Lake Worth, FL
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