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The Iron Age

Logboats & Canoes

Logboat, Kirk Loch, Lochmaben

Period:
Iron Age
Description:
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.
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:1936.5 (A-C)
Digital Number:
RPD0369
RCAHMS site record:
Kirk Loch, Logboats