Thursday, September 08, 2005


South Korea - World Oldest Fishing Boat Unearthed


September 06,2005

An unprecedented excavation was made in the southern part of the peninsula, where archaeologists unearthed a fishing boat believed to be the world's oldest, dating back to 6,000 B.C.

A fishing boat, presumed to be 8000 years old, has been dug out of the ground at Changnyeong County in South Gyeongsang Province. Archaeologists believe the boat, made of pine trees, is the oldest of its kind ever discovered in the world. The Gimhae National Museum has been digging in this area since November last year.

Archaeologists were pleasantly surprised this June to discover a large quantity of earthenware decorated with animal drawings at the excavation site. Three more months into the digging and they unearthed the New Stone Age fishing boat from layers of sediment two meters below the current sea-level.

What remains of the boat is 3 meters long and 60 centimeters wide, whereas the original ship is thought to have been at least 4 meters long.

Until now, only boats built during the united Shilla or Koryo era have been found, meaning they were less than 1000 years old. The boat found today is likely to be more than 8000 years old.

Officials at the state museum said it was a miracle for a boat to be so carefully built during the New Stone Age, an era in which ironware did not exist.


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