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Viracocha II Reedship Expedition Part 1

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Published on Oct 26, 2007

This rough-cut edit, filmed and produced by Thom Pollard of Eyes Open Productions, is Part One of a documentary-in-progress. It was produced for National Geographic Channel, although it never aired.

The Viracocha 2 Reedship Expedition, led by Phil Buck of Rowe, Massachusetts set sail to determine if it was possible for pre-Columbian and pre-Incan mariners of the South American continent to sail westward in primitive vessels, thus populating eastern Polynesia. The goal of this expedition was to successfully reach Easter Island. The mysteries of the lost civilizations and moai statues of Easter Island make it one of the most mysterious places on earth. Referred to in its original name Rapa Nui, it's the most remote inhabited island in the world, located nearly 3,000 miles off the coast of Chile.

Before his death Thor Heyerdahl consulted with Phil Buck on the construction of this 64-foot, 20-ton, double-hulled ship.

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