3000-year-old boat’s journey (Scotland)

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REMARKABLE find recovered from the River Tay is undergoing the first stages of a painstaking preservation process.

In the culmination of a meticulous rescue plan, the 3000-year-old log boat was dug from its watery resting place over recent weeks before being floated and towed into Newburgh harbour on Friday evening.

With great care the boat, which was carved from a single oak, was lifted from the water by crane, an operation greeted with cheers and applause by a 100-strong crowd.

“This is among the oldest and best-preserved vessels of its kind ever found in Scotland, and we are sending it to the National Museum in Edinburgh where freeze-drying techniques will be used to preserve it intact,” said David Strachan of the Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust, which ran the operation.

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