1200 year old canoe found - WI

The Makah Nation, and many others like the Haida were famous for making large dugouts from cedar logs and hunting whales in the open Pacific Ocean.

They used adzes and fire to hollow out large dugouts that were relatively thin. Then they used water and hot rocks to steam the sides of the hull to spread them out and create flare in the hull. Large dugouts could be manned by 10 or more people.


That’s cool, love the old dugout canoes. One if our favorite places to paddle is Lake Phelps. Phelps Lake Canoes | NC DNCR Office of State Archaeology

The canoes are still in the lake bed and unmarked, so wading and trying to find them is quite challenging and a fun break when paddling.

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