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A First for Experimental Archaeology - Bronze Age Boat to be Launched into the Unknown

A first for experimental archaeology and a first for the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, the 50ft long 5 tonne prehistoric boat has been reconstructed as part of a collaborative project with the University of Exeter. A team of volunteers, led by shipwright Brian Cumby, have spent the last year building this one of a kind craft out of two massive oak logs using replica methods and tools, such as bronze headed axes.
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Ed ~ The Bronze Age Boat is to be launched at 12 noon, 6 March, 2013.



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 Bronze Age boat replica fails to float

The band was ready, the champagne was on hand, Time Team's Tony Robinson was there to record the historic event, and the crowds gathered to watch as a half-size replica of Dover's Bronze Age boat prepared to take to the water.
The only problem was, it started to sink.

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The Bronze Age Carpow logboat has returned to the Perthshire and can be seen on the March 5.

The Carpow logboat is one of the best-preserved prehistoric logboats ever found in Britain. The boat was discovered in 2001 in the Tay Estuary. It was buried in the intertidal sands and gravels and only survived because it had remained waterlogged. The boat had to be not only cleaned but also freeze-dried before it could be transported to a museum.
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Discovery

In August 2006 the Trust excavated and recovered a unique Late Bronze Age logboat from the Tay Estuary. The project began when the boat was first reported back in 2001, though developed to include conservation of the vessel prior to public display and extensive study leading to two major publications.
Logboats are simple water-craft carved from a single tree trunk, and are the first known boats in existence. The earliest known example is from the Netherlands Denmark, and dates to around 7000 BC. They have continued to be used in many parts of the world since then however, and continue to be used in some areas today.

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Maritime Museum in Falmouth to build Bronze Age ship

Academics from the University of Exeter, overseen by a professional boat builder, are to reconstruct a Bronze Age ship.
The ship will be built of oak planks stitched together with flexible yew stems at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.
The aim is to see how seaworthy the vessels were when they were in use 4,000 years ago.
Building is expected to start in April and last five months.

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South Korean archaeologists said on Tuesday they have unearthed a rare neolithic period wooden boat oar, believed to date back about 7,000 years but still in good condition.
The oar was discovered in mud land in Changnyeong, 240 kilometres southeast of Seoul, the Gimhae National Museum said.

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Kon-Tiki was the raft used by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdahl in his 1947 expedition across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands.
The trip began on April 28, 1947. Heyerdahl and five companions sailed the raft for 101 days over 4,300 miles across the Pacific Ocean before smashing into a reef at Raroia in the Tuamotu Islands on August 7, 1947.

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Second find of ancient dug-out canoe in Arklow by same man

For the second time in half a century, the remains of what appears to be a dug-out canoe have been discovered in Arklow, Co Wicklow. In a curious coincidence, both finds were by the same person, local man Peter Dempsey.
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Bronze Age shipwreck

Experts have said 300 Bronze Age artefacts found in a shipwreck off the Devon coast could prove European trade thrived as far back as 3,000 years.
The artefacts, including copper and tin ingots, gold bracelets and a bronze sword, were found near Salcombe by amateur archaeologists last year.
Oxford University experts are now studying the objects.

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Bronze Age boat proves a handful for Loch Tay volunteers
The Bronze Age lived on at Loch Tay yesterday, as a replica of a 3000-year-old logboat successfully completed its maiden voyage.
A team of more than 30 volunteers worked for three weeks to make the boat, modelled on a prehistoric vessel discovered in the Tay estuary in 2001.
Six were given the chance to paddle the craft as it made the short trip to the Scottish Crannog Centre, near Aberfeldy, from a nearby picnic site.

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