National Museum Task – The Lurgan Logboat

23 Sep

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When we visited the National Museum, something that caught my eye was the Lurgan Logboat, a dugout canoe that was discovered in in a bog near Galway in 1902, though its history dates back much farther than that. Carbon-dating suggests that this canoe was actually made in approximately 2500 B.C., and is made of oak tree. This particular canoe measures 15.25m in length and is considered one of the longest in Europe. The tree used to make this canoe is significantly larger in length and circumference than the oak trees that are in Ireland today, suggesting that the general climate and weather of Ireland has dramatically¬†changed over the centuries. It is much larger than most of the other canoes that have been discovered from the same time period, suggesting it wasn’t used for your everyday travel and fishing expeditions, instead it is suspected that this canoe in particular was used by someone of more elite status in the hierarchy of the time. Canoes at this time were a crucial part of the culture and survival of society; they facilitated trade between various villages and communities, and also allowed the people of the time to fish, providing a sufficient food source to the people. The crafting process of these canoes was quite extensive, as the thick trees had to be hollowed it, showing how important they were. If they weren’t so practical, no one would’ve bothered to make them. The discovery of this canoe has given a lot of insight into the ancient history of Ireland.

Brian Ambadjes

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