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The Pesse canoe

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.