The world's only prehistoric boatyard has been found in Monmouthshire


Blackleaf
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Workmen were working on a new housing estate in Monmouth, Monmouthshire in South Wales (the county of Monmouthshire was in England until 1974 when Wales annexed it, leading to some English nationalists rightly campaigning to get it back) when they just happened to come across what is probably the world's ONLY prehistoric boatyard.

The "internationally important" boatyard found at the new Parc Glyndŵr (Glyndŵr Park) housing estate, named after the last Welsh Prince of Wales, dates back to 1700BC and it caused work on the new housing estate to be stopped for six months when it was discovered.

It may seem strange to find a boatyard without the sea or a lake being very close by - but the area where the boatyard was found was a lake when the boatyard was operational.

Excavations at the site have revealed three 100ft-long channels which run parrallel to each other and at right angles to the ancient lake.

The 'dead-straight' metre-wide channels are shaped like the bottom of wooden canoes. They are also cut through a mound of burned earth carbon-dated to the early Bronze Age.

Archaeologist Stephen Clarke, 71, said they showed a twin-hulled boat with an outrigger being dragged into a huge Ice Age lake.


World's oldest boatyard where prehistoric man built huge canoes 4,000 years ago discovered under area earmarked for new housing estate


Site is believed to be first prehistoric boatyard ever to be discovered
The site dates back to 1700 BC and is of 'international importance'
Excavations revealed channels shaped like bottom of wooden canoes
Archaeologists say channels are evidence boat was built at the site

By James Rush
2 October 2013
Daily Mail


The world's only known prehistoric boatyard has been found in Monmouthshire, a county which was in England before it was controversially given to Wales in 1974 without its people even be consulted


The world's oldest boatyard dating back nearly 4,000 years has been uncovered by archaeologists at the site of a new housing estate in Wales.

The site, believed to be the first prehistoric boat building site ever to be discovered, was found when developers came upon the edge of a long-vanished Ice Age lake.

Work on the housing estate in Monmouth, Monmouthshire, South Wales, was stopped for six months as a team of archaeologists unearthed the remains of the ancient boat building site used by prehistoric man.



Site: Archaeologists have uncovered a boatyard dating back nearly 4,000 years at the site of a new housing estate in Wales



Important discovery: The site, which dates back to 1700 BC, is said to be of 'international importance'. Pictured is an artist's impression of the boatyard


Development: The site was found when developers came upon the edge of a long-vanished Ice Age lake


Archaeologist Stephen Clarke said the discovery of the site, which dates back to 1700 BC, was of 'international importance'.

Mr Clarke, 71, said: 'I have been digging for 55 years and I have never seen anything like it.

'No one in the world has ever identified a prehistoric boat building site before.

'They have found fragments of boats but never a boat building site - this is of international importance.'

Excavations at the site have revealed three 100ft-long channels which run parrallel to each other and at right angles to the ancient lake.

The 'dead-straight' metre-wide channels are shaped like the bottom of wooden canoes. They are also cut through a mound of burned earth carbon-dated to the early Bronze Age.


Unearthed: Excavations have revealed three 100ft-long channels shaped like the bottom of wooden canoes



Work underway: Archaeologists working on the site with the three channels of the boatyard clearly visible



Dig: Work on the housing estate was stopped for six months as a team of archaeologists unearthed the remains of the ancient boat building site


Boatyard: The three 100ft-long channels run parrallel to each other and at right angles to the ancient lake

Mr Clarke said they showed a twin-hulled boat with an outrigger being dragged into a huge Ice Age lake.

The discovery was made on the newly built Parc Glyndwr housing estate on the edge of the historic market town of Monmouth, South Wales.

Monmouth Archaeological Society moved onto the site soon after the edge of the post-glacial lake was uncovered by unsuspecting builders.

Mr Clarke said: 'Itís a hell of a site - within 60 yards of it we had Stone Age artefacts and six Bronze Age sites.


Boat: An artist's impression of the type of boat built in the yard




'The three channels turned out to be 100ft-long and all perfectly parrallel, level and at right angles to the edge of the post-glacial lake. The channels show they built a boat made out of twin canoes with an outrigger.

'There was no sign of the wooden boat but there was evidence of wood working on the site - with sharp flakes of imported flint found alongside the channels.'

He said the boat was built on what was a huge prehistoric lake which became a home to hunter gatherers - and slowly drained away over thousands of years.

Prehistoric cave drawings in Scandanavia have been discovered depicting outrigger boats like the one built at Monmouth.

And they were still being used in places like Fiji in the 19th century.

A large boat of a similar date and form to the Monmouth remains was recently recovered from a peat bog at Lurgan, Ireland.

Monmouth Archaeological Society have previously won the highest award in their field - the Silver Trowel for the Greatest Initiative in Archaeology.

But after uncovering the prehistoric shipyard the archaeologists had to give it back to housing developers Charles Church.

Mr Clarke said: 'The prehistoric site is now mostly under a flood pond and the parts that arenít have been built on.

'We have preserved it by recording it to the best of our ability before it was developed on. Unfortunately there just isnít the money to preserve and protect all these sites.'


In use: The boats were still being used in places such as Fiji in the 19th century (pictured)


The research surrounding the prehistoric boat building site is now being published in a book called The Lost Lake.

Mr Clarke added: 'I am hoping other archaeologists will have seen similar channels on other sites and realise what was happening there.

'This is the first site that has been recognised in the world but there must be others out there.'

Evidence: Prehistoric cave drawings in Scandanavia have been discovered depicting outrigger boats like the one built at Monmouth. Pictured is an example of similar boats in use in Fiji in the 19th century

DEVELOPMENT OF EARLY BOATS

The oldest boats found by archaeologists are dugout canoes from around 7,000 to 10,000-years-ago.

The Pesse canoe, found in the Netherlands in 1955, is the oldest boat ever to be recovered. It was made from the hollowed trunk of a Pinus sylvestris tree.

It is believed to have been built between 8200 and 7600BC.

Elsewhere, a 7,000-year-old reed boat was discovered in Kuwait while they are also known to have been used between 4000 and 3000BC in ancient Egypt and in the Indian Ocean.

Logboats meanwhile also survived in Europe until modern times and are still made in the Tropics.

Planked boats are believed to have developed from extended logboats or rafts.

In Egypt, a method of using mortises and tenons to develop edge-fastening, instead of using stitching or sewing, became the method throughout the Mediterranean and lasted throughout the Greek and Roman times.
Source: ferribyboats.co.uk





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darkbeaver
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The world's only prehistoric boatyard has been found in Monmouthshire

That is a preposterous completely unsubstantiated claim easily debunked by at least thirty-five different similar sites all more important than Monmouthshire.
 
Goober
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What is a boaty ard?????
 
petros
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Nobody else had canoes 4000yrs ago?
 
darkbeaver
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Quote: Originally Posted by GooberView Post

What is a boaty ard?????

It's a clerical error. Shall I send your reward via the usual orifice.

Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Nobody else had canoes 4000yrs ago?

Plus he's bragging about people who made the boats specifically to float the loot away from what was to be Britian six thousand years into the boat building future. He just dosen't rest does he?
 
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