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1,000-year-old dugout canoe uncovered in Florida

A dugout canoe which dates back nearly 1,000 years has been found on Weedon Island in Florida.

Oyster shells and goop were piled up one delicate trowel scoop at a time, revealing the outline of a long, narrow craft. At 40 feet, the vessel would have been large enough to travel across Tampa Bay.

The pine dugout canoe was less than a foot in the ground, but it was snug. Mud and other organic matter kept it from moving. Diggers were careful not to move too fast and rip it apart.

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Story: Danny Valentine, St. Petersburg Times | Photo: Danny Valentine, St. Petersburg Times

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