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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Ghost Stories: Mystic Mystery; Ancient Pacific Seafarers

Today's post has a theme to it: the dead. According to the blog, the nutmeg grater, specialists in the paranormal are investigating reports of a ghost haunting the Charles W. Morgan, an historic whaling ship at the Mystic Seaport maritime museum. According to the blog, visitors to the ship have reported a man in what appeared to be 19th-century clothing working below deck. The man, who had a pipe in his mouth, nodded at them but did not speak. When the visitors reported the man to a museum interpreter, they were told that no one was assigned to be on the boat that day.

In more scientific news, Science Magazine published a report on archeological finds related to the Pacific Ocean's first seafarers. Scientists have uncovered graves on Efate, in the Vanuatu Islands, that are estimated to be 3000 years old. In that era, aboriginal people began migrating across the Pacific, colonizing islands around New Guinea.

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