Viking Canoe Discovered in Norway

A dugout canoe dating from around 1,000 years ago has been taken from Royraas Lake in southern Norway. A sunken pine canoe must have made quite an impression on two little boys. Over 70 years later, researchers, investigating a tip from the families of two old men who remembered seeing the canoe while swimming in the 1930's, found what now may prove to be an authentic Viking dugout.

The 11 1/2 foot long boat was probably constructed for more than one person and will hopefully add to the knowledge of what life was like to ordinary people of the time.

A splinter has been taken for carbon dating.

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