Archaeologists Excavate Sixth Century Boat

The Hampshire & Wight Trust for Maritime Archaeology at the Southampton Oceanography Centre will be working to raise an oak canoe, thought to date from around 500 CE, from Langstone Harbour. The boat was discovered last year, but researchers plan to construct a cage around the fragile artifact before lifting it from the mud.

"The log boat gives us a rare chance to glimpse the world of the Dark Ages, as few finds from this period have been discovered and preserved and organic remains are rarer still," said Julie Satchell, an archaeological officer for the HWTMA. "We hope the project will reveal evidence of woodworking technology and craft, as well as clues about the sea level during this period."