Paddling through history

From The Gazette

Archaeologists hope tests will determine age of Amerindian dugout canoe found at bottom of Quebec lake in 1986.

Since its discovery on the bottom of a lake north of Montreal more than 20 years ago, an amazingly well-preserved and possibly prehistoric dugout canoe has sparked debate among archaeologists.

The debate has focused on whether the vessel was hollowed out of a massive white pine by Amerindians using stone tools and fire in the 1400s, making it a rare example of dugout technology in the St. Lawrence River valley before the European conquest.

Or whether the five-metre-long vessel was made later, in the 1500s to 1600s by Amerindians, perhaps using technology and metal tools belonging to French colonists who had a history with dugouts in Europe.


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