Odysseus Unbound - The Search for Homer’s Ithaca

Press Coverage 2010-14

August 2012

Locating Ithaca: Continuing the Search for Odysseus’s Island Kingdom

The Leading Edge, published by The Society of Exploration Geophysicists.

During 2008-2011, the project sponsors Fugro carried out extensive geophysical research on the Thinia isthmus of Kefalonia to unveil the underlying geology of this tectonically active area as part of the search for Ancient Ithaca. This report describes the techniques used and the surprising findings uncovered by this multi-faceted research effort.

STEVE POULTER, Fugro Seacore Ltd.
JOHN R. UNDERHILL, University of Edinburgh
DAVE KILCOYNE, Fugro Aperio Ltd.
GREG HODGES, Fugro Airborne Ltd.

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March 10 2012

Odysseus Lies here?

The New York Times

The New York Times Sunday Review March 10, 2012

The Op-Ed columnist Nicholas D. Kristof sets sail for the Greek island of Cephalonia, in search of ancient Ithaca and traces of Homer’s hero, Odysseus. By Nikolia Apostolou.

“A British businessman, Robert Bittlestone, working in his spare time, thinks he has solved this mystery — and his solution is so ingenious, and fits the geography so well, that it has been embraced by many of the world’s top experts.”

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March 10 2010

John Crawshaw: On the Trail of Homer

Hilton Head Monthly 2010 Profile by Marianne Lobaugh

John Crawshaw had no idea that the simple birthday gift of a book from his daughter could lead to a life-altering experience.The book, ‘Odysseus Unbound: The Search for Homer’s Ithaca’ by Robert Bittlestone, presents Bittlestone’s theory that the location of Ithaca in Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ is in fact the western peninsula of the Greek island called Kefalonia today. After reading the book in 2007, Crawshaw became excited by the idea that Ithaca could actually be found. “The idea that a special place in Greek epic literature could be discovered I found extraordinary. I wanted to join that story, if I could.”

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