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A well-preserved wooden dugout canoe, likely dating back to the prehistoric age, has been discovered at the bottom of the Black Sea, scientists reported Nov. 29.
The vessel was discovered by fishermen trailing nets along the sea bottom, some 15 miles off the coast, said Dimitar Nedkov, head of the Archaeological Museum in the port city of Sozopol.

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A dugout probably dating back to the prehistoric age has been discovered the bottom of the Black Sea, National History Museum Director professor Bozhidar Dimitrov told Focus News Agency.
On Friday evening at some 15 miles in the sea, east of Maslen Cape, between the seaside cities of Sozopol and Primorsko, a fishing ship found an enormous dugout.
 
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On the ancient Syrian island of Arwad, which was settled by the Phoenicians in about 2000BC, men are hard at work hammering wooden pegs into the hull of a ship.
But this vessel will not be taking fishermen on their daily trip up and down the coast. It is destined for a greater adventure one that could solve a mystery which has baffled archaeologists for centuries.
The adventure begins not in Arwad but in Dorset, where an Englishman has taken it upon himself to try to prove that the Phoenicians circumnavigated Africa thousands of years before any Europeans did.

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The oldest cross-Channel ferry in the world will set sail again in 2010, giving archaeologists a glimpse into the lives of Bronze Age seafarers. Based on the 3,550-year-old vessel discovered beneath Dover town centre 16 years ago, the replica boat, lashed together from planks of wood, waterproofed with beeswax and moss, will carry up to ten men to France.
It is being built by the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, and researchers hope the voyage will help them glean invaluable information about how our ancestors conquered the sea.
The venture will also help archaeologists understand how people in Dover lived more than three millennia ago.

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A bid to demonstrate that ancient civilizations could cross the Atlantic eastwards on reed boats has failed, with the crew abandoning the Abora III, a spokesman said Thursday.
After 56 days at sea, Dominique Goerlitz, a German botanist who devised the adventure, and his crew of 10 had transferred to an escort boat which was chartered after sections were ripped off the frail boat by a storm.

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Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust is holding a one-day conference on the Late Bronze Age logboat from Carpow on the Firth of Tay.

Tales of the Riverbank: the Carpow Bronze Age logboat in context
A one day conference on the Carpow Logboat to be held on the 29th of September 2007 at Jamesfield, Abernethy. For further information, please click on the Carpow Logboat Conference link on the right.

Further details on the conference can be found at the Trust's website - www.pkht.org.uk/Events or tel 01738 477080.

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Domenique Goerlitz and his Team try to cross the atlantic ocean in a reed boat. And continue the work of Thor Heyerdahl. To follow the boat on his journey visit: http://www.abora3.de/

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A team of explorers has set sail from the US for Spain in a 12-metre-long  reed boat, hoping to spend about two months sailing across the Atlantic.
They are trying to prove that Stone Age people crossed the ocean thousands of years before Christopher Columbus in the 15th Century.
Aymara Indians in Bolivia, who still use reed boats, built the new vessel.


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A team of explorers and a 10-ton reed boat aim to re-write the history books by sailing from America to Europe to prove that trans-Atlantic trade links existed as long ago as the Stone Age.
The Abora III and its mostly German, 12-strong crew cast their fates to the winds when they set off on Wednesday from New York on a six to nine-week voyage to the distant shores of southern Spain.

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Like the great Norwegian adventurer Thor Heyerdahl, a German biologist and amateur anthropologist is obsessed with ancient long-distance seafaring.
But while Heyerdahl's 1947 Kon-Tiki and later Ra expeditions proved that ancients could have used trade winds and ocean currents to drift westward around the globe to South America and the South Pacific, Dominique Goerlitz wants to prove the opposite.
Goerlitz, 41, and a crew of eight plan to set sail Wednesday from New York in a prehistoric-style reed boat to show that people 6,000 to 14,000 years ago could have made the more complicated eastwardly journey from the New World to get back home again.
The reed boat - called the Abora III - is constructed along the lines of Heyerdahl's Ra, out of 17 tonnes of reed papyrus that grows at the 3,800-metre-high Lake Titicaca on the border of Peru and Bolivia. Goerlitz in fact had some input from the late Norwegian explorer on some of his earlier boats launched in Europe.
Unlike the Ra, however, the Abora has 16 leeboards - or retractable foils - for steering, a refinement that will enable Abora to tack into the wind and carry it eastwards.

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