Tuesday, June 11, 2013

8 Bronze Age Boats Found

Eight boats, more than 3,000 years old, were discovered in a quarry outside Peterborough, England. The boats range in length (one almost 30 feet long) and were well preserved by the waterlogged silt in the bed of an old creek.

The boats were deliberately sunk and may have been ritual offerings. They could have been sunk to keep the timber waterlogged and prevent it from drying out and splitting when not in use (which worked even 3,000 years later as one of the boats still floats).

Carvings were found in one, suggesting a game was played at the decks expense. Another has traces of fires lit on the deck, on which the catch was probably cooked. They are on display and the public has the opportunity to watch the conservation in action. yawn

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