On Wed, 06 Jul 2005 03:42:57 GMT, Philip Deitiker
>"deowll" <deowll@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> says in
>> Even if they went that way landing to trade with the locals might
>> have been a waste of time. They seem to have had limited assets
>> other than water and food which might be enough reason to land.
>And what exactly is there to eat on the Azores. Bird eggs?
>They certainly weren't hunting megafauna.
>If you ask Doug he can probably give you an update on the archaeology
>on the Azores, I don't think the evidence is convincing other than
>possibly some travelers got shipwrecked and possibly perished.
>There are several issues
>1. Did phonecians commonly take women with them. If so then a colony
>might have survived and have been picked up.
>2. The finds as being in poor context, where the coins left by
>carthagenians or by later arrivals.
>3. If the crew was all male they may have simply grown old and died.
>I suppose that if I can stand behind a theory in which pre-Jomon
>maritime japanese got 'driven' to the new world as an explanation for
>the first wave, a freakish storm ...
Prevailing wind for a sizable chunk of the year.
> .... could have driven carths to
>As a routine method of traveling to Briton, the Azores would have
>been populated by Carths, at least one ship was going to take women,
>a few olive trees and other old world domesticants.