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Beyond the Blue Horizon: How Ancient Mariners Unlocked the Secrets of the Ocean

The Oxnard Public Library is proud to host Archaeologist/Author/Sailor Brian Fagan as he takes us on a journey through the fascinating world of the early seafarers.  He will bring us back to the very beginnings of ocean exploration and discuss how our forebears learned to go beyond the blue horizon and find their way around open water without any of the modern tools at our disposal.

We will armchair travel with him on rafts, in dugouts and outrigger canoes, in Aleutian kayaks, and in all manner of humble sea craft.  Learn what motivated them to explore the vast, mysterious waters which cover two-thirds of our planet.  His presentation will be followed by a book signing.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase through the Friends of the Library Gift Shop.

This presentation is free and will take place on Saturday, December 14, 2013, from 2:30-3:30 p.m., at the Main Library of the Oxnard Public Library, 251 South A Street, in meeting room B.  For further information, please call 385-7532.
British-born Brian Fagan was Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, from 1967 to 2004, when he became Emeritus.  Regarded as one of the world’s leading archaeological and historical writers, he has been sailing since he was eight years old and learned his cruising in the English Channel and North Sea. He has sailed thousands of miles in European waters, across the Atlantic, and in the Pacific. He is author of the Cruising Guide to Central and Southern California, which has been a widely used set of sailing directions since 1979.

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