Mystery: Australia’s African Coins

$1,630
Pledged of $30,000 Goal
Ended on
January
30
2014
 

We call ourselves the 'Past Masters' and we are a multidisciplinary team of anthropologists, archaeologists, historians, and enthusiastic members of the public. We are affiliated with Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University, and other institutions. Working closely with traditional Aboriginal Australians, sea rangers, and members of Norforce, a predominantly Aboriginal army unit, we seek answers to the mystery of the discovery of ancient African coins 8,000 miles from Kilwa (Tanzania) in north Australia in 1944.

Was an African or Arab or a Portuguese shipwreck implicated? Marooned Indonesian sailors? Had Aborigines traveled to Kilwa in days of old?

Our preliminary site survey of the remote Wessels Islands received global publicity in June 2013. In more than 20 countries, hundreds of television, radio, and newspaper articles were posted. CNN, Huffington Post, NBC, BBC, Channel Islam International, China Post, French Tribune, Voice of Russia, Der Speigel, Radio Australia and Radio New Zealand, and others covered the story. Our expedition has captured the imagination of people everywhere.

The standard view of Australian history is that British explorer Captain James Cook discovered the land Downunder in 1770. What these African coins suggest is that Australia has a far older history and that indigenous Australians were a part of the vast Indian Ocean maritime silk route that linked East Africa, Arabia, Persia, India, China and Indonesia. With your help, in our major expedition planned for Summer 2014 (the Australian Winter) we can put an end to the prevailing and outdated 'myth of isolation' and help reveal an infinitely richer past involving many peoples over the millennia. We seek answers in a search for shipwrecks, in an analysis of ancient rock art, and in the stories of the Dreaming.

We plan to take a film crew with us to document every step of the journey as we search for the answers, and possibly an Arabian, Dutch or other shipwreck. Contributors to our ClickStartMe project will get advance video clips unavailable to anyone else as we undertake our expedition. You will feel like you are there with us! Or, if you want, for a very generous donation, you can be there with us!

Our goal is to rewrite Australia's history. We need your help to do this and we welcome you aboard!

For Past Masters' bio-sketches and updates on planning for the 2014 expedition, check out our Facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/Past-Masters/301882649948002

 
Reward Level: $10.00
For each $10 contribution, I will thank you personally on the official Facebook page of the Past Masters Community
Reward Level: $25.00
For each $25 contribution, I will thank you personally on the official Facebook page of Past Masters Community and you will receive exclusive ClickStartMe donors-only access to our ongoing video reports during the expedition. It will feel like you are there with us!
Reward Level: $50.00
For each $50 contribution, I will provide a signed photo of Past Masters team members on site in Stage 2 in the north Australian Outback, and you will receive exclusive ClickStartMe donors-only access to our ongoing video reports during the expedition. Come along with us and be a part, via video!
Reward Level: $100.00
For each $100 contribution, I will give you access to the expedition’s full catalogue of rock art images from the Wessel Islands. You will also receive a certificate of appreciation from the Past Masters, and you will receive exclusive ClickStartMe donors-only access to our ongoing video reports during the expedition. Be with the Past Masters through our videos!
Reward Level: $200.00
For each $200 contribution, you will receive regular emailed updates from the field as we explore for shipwrecks. You can feel what it’s like to be part of a archaeological team from our own words to you. You will also receive everything in the $100 reward above, so you can also get the video access. You will really feel like part of the team!
Reward Level: $500.00
For each $500 contribution, I will acknowledge you as a sponsor of the shipwreck expedition on the Past Masters website and provide everything in the $200 reward above. Imagine the excitement as you participate from afar in our detective work!
Reward Level: $1,000.00
For each $1,000 contribution, you will be on the short list of people that we call by phone immediately upon discovery of more African coins, evidence of shipwrecks, or other history-making finds. In addition, you will receive everything in the $500 reward above. You will get to hear the excitement in our voices when we make our historic discoveries!
Reward Level: $5,000.00
For each $5,000 contribution, you will be eligible to join us on the expedition to north Australia. You will work closely with the Past Masters and our Aboriginal colleagues, the traditional land owners, sea rangers, and also members of Norforce, the predominantly Aboriginal army unit, in the discovery process. It does not get any better than this!

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