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UNB students help uncover Maine’s oldest known canoe

Author: Angie Deveau

Posted on Oct 30, 2019

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Students from the University of New Brunswick recently helped uncover Maine’s oldest known canoe.

The students were participating in an archaeology field school in Biddeford, Maine. The field school is led by Dr. Gabriel Hrynick, a faculty member in the department of anthropology at the UNB Fredericton, and Dr. Arthur Anderson, a University of New England faculty member and UNB honorary research associate, also in the department of anthropology.

The canoe was first identified by archaeologist Tim Spahr, principal investigator for the Cape Porpoise Archaeological Alliance, a citizen science archaeological initiative in southern Maine. The remains of the dugout canoe, which were made out of a hollowed-out tree trunk, were carbon tested and estimated to be about 700 years old. Students from both universities collaborated with regional experts to recover the canoe.

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