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An ancient egyptian ship in australia?

Ancient Egyptian ship in Australia?
The illustration, right, was taken from a newspaper, The Australian. It is a computer-enhancement of a badly faded painting found on Booby Island off the coast of Australia. R. Coleman, the Queensland Museum's curator of Maritime History and Archaeology, was quoted in the paper as saying: "Using this technique we are able to selectively neutralize confusing background virtually making the original image pop out of the background...this system... will add tremendously to our knowledge of those cultures prior to European set tlement." (Anonymous; "An Ancient Egyptian Ship in Australia?" Epigraphic Society, Occasional Papers, 19:211, 1990.)

Comment. The vessel in the sketch does seem to have Egyptian lines. However, as our friends in Australia often remind us, we must be wary of what we read in Australian newspapers.

From Science Frontiers #76, JUL-AUG 1991. 1991-2000 William R. Corliss