Viking artefacts, logboats found in Irish lake
|A researcher documents one of the Lough Corrib finds [Credit: RTE News]|
Investigative dives were subsequently carried out last summer by the underwater archaeology unit (UAU) of the National Monuments Service, and radiocarbon dating of samples was then conducted.
Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan, who was informed of the finds recently, has described them as “exceptional”.
|Logboat resting on the lake floor [Credit: RTE News]|
The oldest of the vessels located, the 4,500-year-old Annaghkeen log boat, had already been lying on the bed of Lough Corrib for 3,500 years when the Vikings arrived, Capt Northage has pointed out.
The 12m vessel is almost identical to the Lurgan log boat found in 1902; and the Carrowneden boat found near Ballyhaunis, Co Mayo, in 1996.
|Diver drawing an Annaghkeen Bronze Age Log boat in Lough Corrib [Credit: RTE News]|
“The fact that all three boats were located within 30 miles of each other would suggest that they were made by the one builder, or that there was a vogue for early Bronze Age boats of this type,” he said.
Another vessel dating from the 11th or 12 century and found near Carrowmoreknock on the Corrib may have been on a raid when it sank, he added.It is likely the warriors on board were Irish and had adapted for their use the Viking weapons found on board.
|A floor-level shot of a diver and logboat [Credit: RTE News]|
“These people were living in a very different landscape and working at the forefront of technology back then,” he said.
All of the weapons have been recovered for conservation by the National Museum, including bronze spearheads and a very rare wooden spear.
|Iron Age spearheads found on the boat [Credit: RTE News]|
Mr Deenihan has warned that all are protected under the National Monuments Act, and a licence is required from his department to dive at any of the sites.
Source: The Irish Times [April 09, 2014]
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