Caralb News • April 06, 2018
Eldest Known Boat: Pesse Canoe
The Pesse canoe is believed to be the world’s oldest boat, and certainly the oldest canoe. Carbon dating indicates that the boat was constructed during the early mesolithic period between 8040 BCE and 7510 BCE. It is currently housed in the Drents Museum in Assen, Netherlands.
The dugout canoe found near Pesse was doubted whether it had truly been a watercraft, an experiment was made with a replica, showing that it was stable in the water. The Pesse canoe was found by a local farmer in 1955 during the construction of the A28 motorway. This prehistoric vessel was made about 10.000 years ago, dug out with an axe from a scotch pine log. It is three metres long and 44 centimetres wide.