National Lecture Program

AIA Lecturer: John Haslett


John Haslett is an independent scholar researching pre-Columbian raft building and use.  His projects include the Manteño Expeditions (1994 to the present), in which, as part of a multi-national effort, he designed, built, and launched four ocean-going vessels in Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, and Costa Rica.  He has also worked on the first solo crossing of the ice cap of Iceland in winter, and is currently working on the development and testing of low-cost space flight.  His present publication project is “The Manteño-Huancavilca Sailing Raft: An Examination of Technological Innovations, Capabilities, and Limitations” (in progress).


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