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1,000-year-old canoe unearthed

By T.K. Randall
March 4, 2011 · Comment icon 6 comments



Image Credit: CC 2.0 Andrew Bourke
Found on an island near St Petersburg a 40 foot dugout canoe helps tell the story of the Manasota people
A ten year old discovery is shedding new light on the Manasota people and their way of life in northern Florida. The boat was possibly used for travel or fishing or even trade.
To prevent the canoe from fracturing, workers cut it into sections and then brought them to shore by boat. Once out of the boat, the fragile pieces were sprayed with water and cleaned and finally lowered into a large tank containing fresh water. Over time, solutions in the tank will vary to preserve the canoe.


Source: Tampa Bay News 10 | Comments (6)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by lightly 12 years ago
Very Interesting Still Waters . I web searched.. [ Manasota Culture ] ... here is a link to a text document with some good info on them. (looks like several good links on that search page) http://www.dogpile.com/dogpile/ws/results/Web/Manasota%20Culture/1/417/TopNavigation/Relevance/iq=true/zoom=off/_iceUrlFlag=7?_IceUrl=true Chapter 9. CENTRAL PENINSULAR GULF COAST: The Manasota Region ... During much of the post-Archaic, pre-Safety Harbor period it was the region of the Manasota culture, defined and described by George Luer and Marion Almy (1979, 1982 dhr.dos.state.fl.us/facts/reports/contex... [More]
Comment icon #2 Posted by tipotep 12 years ago
Very Interesting Still Waters . I web searched.. [ Manasota Culture ] ... here is a link to a text document with some good info on them. (looks like several good links on that search page) http://www.dogpile.com/dogpile/ws/results/Web/Manasota%20Culture/1/417/TopNavigation/Relevance/iq=true/zoom=off/_iceUrlFlag=7?_IceUrl=true Chapter 9. CENTRAL PENINSULAR GULF COAST: The Manasota Region ... During much of the post-Archaic, pre-Safety Harbor period it was the region of the Manasota culture, defined and described by George Luer and Marion Almy (1979, 1982 dhr.dos.state.fl.us/facts/reports/contex... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by lightly 12 years ago
Nice work lightly , thanks for the extra info, i found it very interesting TiP. Thanks tipotep, yup, it is interesting ... and your very welcome .. i love the Web.. it's an information feast .. so easy to learn a bit about dis dat and da udder ting.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Still Waters 12 years ago
dis dat and da udder ting. ^ this bit made me smile ....and thank you for the additional info.
Comment icon #5 Posted by paul the walrus 12 years ago
Think it still floats?
Comment icon #6 Posted by MJB222 12 years ago
A 40 foot long canoe? That in itself is pretty amazing, let alone the fact that it's 1,000 years old. I almost cringed when they had to cut it up though.


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