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The oldest fishing traps in the world

Swedish archaeologists have discovered the world’s oldest wooden fishing traps on the floor of the Baltic sea.

The find, located of the eastern coast of Skåne County, consists of an arrangement of several finger-width sticks dated to be 9,000 years old.

“It’s the world’s oldest find of fishing equipment,” Johan Rönnby, a professor of marine archaeology at Södertörn University College, told Sveriges Radio (SR).

Archaeologists believe the sticks were woven or tied together with rope into fence-like structures and then placed in the river to guide fish into nets or other containers.

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Story: The Local | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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