Torgeir Higraff, the expedition leader, sent me this article a few days ago. I haven’ read the whole thing yet, but is starts saying:
Between 1947 and 2006, nearly forty expeditions set out in recreated maritime drift vessels to demonstrate hypotheses with varying levels of relevance toarchaeologyand cultural diffusion. This paper divides the motivations of these expeditions into four major categories; examines more closely the expeditions that were based on serious scientific hypotheses; and establishes criteria for ranking the eleven expeditions deemed to have produced archaeologically significant results.
I got a mail from Torgeir today giving some news on the raft. It will be 7,5 m wide and 15 meters on the longest beam. It quite a lot smaller than I expected. But still, close to 100m2 is an acceptable raft size. We will only have one mast which will hopefully enable us to sail closer to the wind than the Tangaroa and the KonTiki.