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Prehistoric canoe

The recovery of a canoe from the River Clyde in 1978.

In early times rivers and the sea provided the west of Scotland's highways. Without proper roads travel by land was difficult and time-consuming, and so people travelled along the waterways to trade goods,to visit neighbouring communities and even to go to war.

This canoe was found near the Erskine Bridge in 1978 and is an example of an early form of transport used on the River Clyde in prehistoric times. It was recovered by archaeologists and staff from Glasgow Museums and taken back to the city. Sadly it was too fragile for preservation, but similar canoes found at Springfield Quay, Bishopbriggs, Dumbuck Crannog, Hutchesentown Bridge and other locations in Scotland are in Glasgow Museums' collections.

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Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

archaeologists, archaeology, canoeing, canoes, prehistory, River Clyde

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