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In the Wake of the Jomon: Stone Age Mariners and a Voyage Across the Pacific

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"An extraordinary adventure."
--Sea Kayaker

In 1996 a 9,500-year-old skeleton unearthed beside the Columbia River galvanized anthropologists with the possibility that prehistoric humans reached North America from northern Japan by crossing the ocean in small open boats. In "In the Wake of the Jomon," world-class kayaker and science writer Jon Turk relates his successful atte
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Paperback, 287 pages
Published June 13th 2006 by International Marine Publishing (first published April 1st 2005)
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Chrisl
Can't recall source, but apparently 10 of oldest 12 skulls found in the Americas may be Jomon, most famously Kennewick Man. I speculate that early Jomon were first explorers of the North American continent, but were possibly victims of genocidal behavior by subsequent arrivals from Asia.

Turk's Jomon speculation provides core ideas for my fantasy writing project : Who were the first humans to arrive in North America, approximately 16,000 years ago? Was their route the Kelp Highway? Did the ancie
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Bob Sullivan
Awesome Book. This was a journey log and historical tale of the opening of North America. Jon Turk provided an account that was both heroic and explored the possibilities that pushed man to cross dangerous oceans to find the Americas.
Janet
after the discovery that Kennewick man may have originated in Japan, this author researches and attempts to duplicate the Jomon voyage from Northern Japan to Alaska, the last part of the journey in an ocean-going kayak.
Tracy
This book had the right combination of present day adventure and anthropological research. I didn't get bored and I learned something while reading it. It was amazing that the author stuck with this 3,000 mile voyage in tiny boats across the ocean. The book really made me want to get outside!
Scott Ireland
Among the best adventure/travel books ever - makes the most sense if you read all three of Turk's books, all of which are outstanding
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