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Replica of Bronze Age boat takes to the water

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A seven-ton replica of a Bronze Age boat has been launched, paddled by a crew of 19 archaeologists and volunteers.

They were not clad in skins and they did not have to paddle for six hours at a stretch, but the experience of taking a replica Bronze Age boat out to sea was enough to convince archaeologists and boatbuilders of the value of their work.

“Until you build a boat like this, you cannot know the difficulties people in prehistory overcame,” said lead archaeologist Robert Van de Noort. “And until you take a vessel out on the water you cannot see how efficient they were.”

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Story: Simon Parker, This Is Cornwall | Photo: Michael Sweeney

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