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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

1100 Year Old Saltwater Dugout Canoe Discovered

Saltwater canoes usually don't survive as drifting up on shore allows the elements to take hold or the ocean simply chews up the vessel.

Harry Koran found the canoe after walking up the shorline of Pinellas County in Tampa Bay. Koran knew it was man made because of the straight lines, slopped sides, and evidence of burning. Dug our canoes were made by the Native Americans by using controlled burns inside the tree. Afterwards, the remains are dug out.

Archaeologists underwent exploratory excavations and sent a piece to the lab for radio carbon dating. The resulting date was 890 AD.

Watch the full video of the history of this vessel and where it's future will be.


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