The name ABORA stands for an interdisciplinary research project by Dr. Dominique Görlitz that focuses on the heritage of human civilizations. He became widely known for his ABORA reed boat expeditions across the Mediterranean and the North Atlantic.
Dominique Görlitz claims that the innovative potential of mankind in prehistoric times has been much higher than commonly known today. In his view, the foremost goal of historical and ancient studies is to uncover principles of the rise, flourishing and downfall of human cultures and civilizations. This philosophical perspective – that our modern society can learn scores from the cultural history and its numerous clashes – is the main driver behind his ABORA experiments as part of a long-term research effort.