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Home / News / Winter Talk - 5th October - Philip Beale tells the exciting story of arguably the most ambitious voyage in experimental archaeology since Kon-Tiki.
Home / News / Winter Talk - 5th October - Philip Beale tells the exciting story of arguably the most ambitious voyage in experimental archaeology since Kon-Tiki.

Winter Talk - 5th October - Philip Beale tells the exciting story of arguably the most ambitious voyage in experimental archaeology since Kon-Tiki.

Published 11:03 on 27 Jun 2022

In 2019 Philip Beale set out to prove that the ancient Phoenicians could have crossed the Atlantic 2,000 years before Christopher Columbus. As captain and expedition leader of the Phoenicians Before Columbus Expedition, Philip Beale tells the exciting story of arguably the most ambitious voyage in experimental archaeology since Kon-Tiki.


There is supper - you need to book tickets (pay on the night) followed by the talk starting at approx 19:30


For More Details and to book tickets - CLICK HERE



Philip Beale FRGS

Philip is an adventurer, sailor, writer and motivational speaker. He participated in his first international expedition, Operation Drake from Fiji to Papua New Guinea, in 1979 when he was 18 years old, following which he developed a strong interest in Asian, African and Middle Eastern cultures. In 1982 he graduated in Politics from the University of Hull and subsequently became an officer in the Royal Navy.

He has led three international Kon-Tiki type expeditions, the first was the Borobudur Ship expedition, which involved sailing an Indonesian double outrigger vessel from Java to Madagascar and around the Cape of Good Hope to Ghana in 2003-4. Following the success of the Borobudur Ship expedition he was awarded the President of Indonesia's award for Services to Indonesian Culture.

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In 2008-10 he launched the Phoenician Ship expedition which circumnavigated Africa in a reconstruction of a Phoenician ship, to retrace the first circumnavigation of Africa as described by Herodotus. This was followed in 2019-20 by the Phoenicians Before Columbus Expedition - a trans-Atlantic expedition to show that the Phoenicians could have reached the Americas Before Columbus. He has written two books, Sailing Close to the Wind (with Sarah Taylor) and Atlantic B.C. The Epic Recreation of a Phoenician voyage 2000 years before Columbus (published in May 2022). Details at www.Atlanticbc.net

Philip is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and belongs to the Scientific Exploration Society and is a member of their Honorary Advisory Board. He is Managing Director of adventure travel and wildlife company Pioneer Expeditions.

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