Replica of Bronze Age longboat to be carved using 3,000 yr old techniques

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London, August 14 (ANI): A team of historical experts is all set to go back to the roots of boat building using Bronze Age tools to carve a replica of a Bronze Age longboat using 3,000 yr old techniques.

The replica is being based on the original Carpow longboat discovered in Loch Tay in Scotland.

According to a report in Maritime Journal, the three-week project has just begun on the banks of Loch Tay in Scotland.

It is being conducted by the Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust (PKHT) in partnership with the Scottish Crannog Centre, and supported by the Big Tree Country Heritage and Access Project (BTC HAAP).

The boat is being carved from the trunk of a massive 12m long sitka spruce. It will be crafted using tools and techniques from around 3,000 years ago.

PKHY staff, volunteers and the Crannog crew will work under the guidance of woodworking specialist Damian Goodburn to transform the log from a mere trunk to finished the craft using replica Bronze Age axes, adges and chisels.

The project was inspired by the discovery of a bronze age Carpow logboat in Loch Tay dating to around 1000 BC.

It is currently undergoing conservation at the National Museums of Scotland after it having been raised.

According to David Strachan, PKHT manager, "We'll use replica Late Bronze Age axes, much smaller than their modern day counterparts, and the finished vessel will be around 10m long."

"This project offers a rare opportunity to see experimental archaeology in action and would make for a great day out, along with a visit to the Scottish Crannog Centre, to try out some of the early technology," he said. (ANI)

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