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The Pesse canoe

We are currently preparing for a new presentation of our collection. Therefore, this pieces is unfortunately temporarily not on display.


 

The dugout canoe found near Pesse is the oldest known boat in the world. Because there were doubts whether it had truly been a watercraft, an experiment was made with a replica, showing that it was stable in the water. The Pesse canoe was found by a local farmer in 1955 during the construction of the A28 motorway. This prehistoric vessel was made about 10.000 years ago, dug out with an axe from a scotch pine log. It is three metres long and 44 centimetres wide.