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13 August 2011
Final journey for 8,000-year-old African canoe

A precious artifact, known as the Dufuna Canoe, is to be permanently housed in a new museum complex, located in Damaturu, the Yobe State capital, in Nigeria. The canoe is perported to be the oldest in Africa and the third oldest in the world. It was found by accident, nearly 25 years ago, by a cattle farmer when digging a well.
     The canoe is dated at approximately 6,000 BCE and is 8.4 metres long and double ended. It is being prepared for its exhibition by the Nigerian National Commission for Museums and Monuments, together with a team from the University of Frankfurt, Germany and the Centre for Transaharan Studies, University of Maiduguri, Nigeria.

Edited from All africa.com (5 August 2011)

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