• Short Summary

    IN THE LAND OF THE PYRAMIDS A NORWEGIAN EXPLORER IS BUILDING A "PAPER" BOAT IN WHICH HE PLANS TO SAIL 4,000 MILES (6,400 KM) ACROSS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN.

  • Description

    IN THE LAND OF THE PYRAMIDS A NORWEGIAN EXPLORER IS BUILDING A "PAPER" BOAT IN WHICH HE PLANS TO SAIL 4,000 MILES (6,400 KM) ACROSS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN. HIS OBJECT: TO PROVE THAT THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS INTRODUCED PYRAMID-BUILDING TO MEXICO.

    THE BOAT IS MADE FROM PAPYRUS, THE REED THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS USED FOR PAPER AS WELL AS BOAT-BUILDING. THE MAN WHO DESIGNED IT AND PLANS TO SAIL IT IS THOR HEYERDAHL, WHOSE EPIC 5,000-MILE JOURNEY ACROSS THE PACIFIC ON THE BALSA-WOOD RAFT KON-TIKI THRILLED THE WORLD 22 YEARS AGO.

    HIS IDEA THEN WAS TO PROVE THAT PRIMITIVE SOUTH AMERICANS COULD HAVE SAILED TO POLYNESIA. NOW HE WANTS TO PROVE THAT THE ANCIENT EGYPTIANS SAILED TO MEXICO, TAKING THEIR CULTURE WITH THEM AND INFLUENCING THE LOST CIVILISATION OF CENTRAL AMERICA. "THE ONLY WAY OF FINDING OUT IF IT IS POSSIBLE IS TO DO IT," SAID DR. HEYERDAHL.

    IN A TENTED CAMP NEAR THE PYRAMIDS HEYERDAHL AND HIS ASSISTANTS ARE NOW BUILDING THE 148-FOOT (15 METRE) GONDOLA-SHAPED CRAFT. IT IS MADE OF 16 HUGE BUNDLES OF PAPYRUS BOUND TOGETHER WIT HEMP. HEYERDAHL BELIEVES THE PAPYRUS WILL ABSORB SALTWATER WHICH WILL THEN ACT AS A PRESERVATIVE.

    HE HOPES TO SAIL FROM SAFI, MOROCCO, SOME TIME IN MAY. THE BOAT WILL BE NAMED "RA", AFTER THE ANCIENT EGYPTIAN SUN-GOD.

    ALTHOUGH HEYERDAHL'S MAIN OBJECT IS HISTORICAL, HIS VOYAGE WILL ALSO CARRY A MESSAGE FOR THE MODERN WORLD. HIS CREW OF SIX WILL BE FROM THE UNITED STATES, THE SOVIET UNION, FRANCE, ITALY, MEXICO AND THE AFRICAN STATE OF CHAD. HEYERDAHL WANTS TO TEST ANOTHER THEORY -- THAT MEN OF DIFFERENT RACES AND CULTURES CAN LIVE IN HARMONY, EVEN ON A "PAPER" BOAT.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAUVZWMFT6Q225LHKT45TTEFSI
    Media URN:
    VLVAUVZWMFT6Q225LHKT45TTEFSI
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/04/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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