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The Iron Age

Logboats & Canoes

Logboat, Castle Loch, Lochmaben

Iron Age
The earliest log boats can be dated to the Stone Age period when people lived by hunting and gathering. The boats were used for wildfowling and fishing along river banks and may have been steered and propelled by poles. Most boats were made of oak which splits along its grain easily, the remaining shaping being carried out with polished stone axes and flints. The log boat from Catherinefield is the earliest securely dated log boat in Scotland, it has survived from the early Bronze Age, over 4,000 years ago. The others were probably made over 2,000 years ago when many local people lived in crannogs or lake dwellings.
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1936.5 (A-C)
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RCAHMS site record:
Kirk Loch, Logboats
Mowat, R J C (1996) The logboats of Scotland, with notes on related artefact types, Oxbow Monograph series, no. 68 Oxford Page(s): viii, 70-2, 111, 119, nos. 132-3 figs. 27-8, tab. 1 Held at RCAHMS E.5.14.MOW

RCAHMS (1997a) Eastern Dumfriesshire: an archaeological landscape, Edinburgh Page(s): 307, no. 1087 Held at RCAHMS A.1.7.DUM

TDGNHAS (1911b) 'Presentations and exhibits', Trans Dumfriesshire Galloway Natur Hist Antiq Soc, 2nd, vol.23 Page(s): 321-2