Bronze age boat recreated at loch
A team of history and woodwork experts have teamed up to build a replica Bronze Age logboat at Loch Tay.
The group will work with the tools and techniques that were used about 3,000 years ago.
They will make the boat from a single Douglas Fir trunk, measuring about 12m in length.
The project was inspired by the discovery of a logboat in the loch dating back to 1500 BC and another one in the River Tay dating to 1000 BC.
The Loch Tay logboat was discovered in 1994, but it was only when it was dated three years ago that it was revealed how old it really was.
The modern day team will spend the next three weeks recreating such a craft at Dalerb.
They hope to learn more about how prehistoric communities made such vessels.
(This was also mentioned on Radio 4's Today show this morning: http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_8194000/8194658.stm )
Posted by goffik
11th August 2009ce