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The Shipping News, Circa 2200 B.C.E

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Science  28 May 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5982, pp. 1094-1095
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5982.1094

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In an unusual experiment aimed at understanding how ancient mariners made the passage from the Arabian coast to the Indus River civilization more than 4000 years ago, researchers attempted to sail a reed vessel whose design was based on recent finds as well as 400 models, clay seals, and drawings of the 3rd millennium B.C.E. The project was sparked by archaeological discoveries that show a maritime link between the Indus, Arabia, and Mesopotamia in what may have been the world's first oceangoing vessels (see main text). But debate continues over their design.