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3 August 2005
8000-year-old pirogue found in lake Bracciano

An 8,000 year-old pirogue was found in Lake Bracciano, in the area of the Neolithic village La Marmotta (about 40km north of Rome, Italy). "It's an exceptional example of ancient ship engineering, which proves the advanced knowledge of the peoples who lived here in 6000 BCE" said the archaeologists who made the discovery, of the Prehistoric Museum 'Luigi Pigorini' in Rome.
     More than 10m long, made out of a single oak trunk, the pirogue was still being made when it was abandoned for reasons we still don't know. It was found at a depth of 10 metres. The boat will be displayed in late September, at the town hall of Anguillara Sabazia. Research at La Marmotta is being carried out by a team led by Maria Antonietta Fugazzola, with the cooperation of Lazio's archaeology superintendence.

Source: Agenzia Giornalistica Italia (1 August 2005)

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