[UPDATE] Old American Indian Canoe Recovered in Lake Munson

By: Jennifer Milton/ AP Email
By: Jennifer Milton/ AP Email

D.W. Jones has discovered a piece of history. The 16-year old, his daughter and his father Dennis were spending the day at Lake Munson near Tallahassee when they stumbled upon an ancient American Indian Canoe that historians believe could be 500 to 800 years old.

"How is this thing still here for it to be so old you know. It's just like you see, you know you get a piece of fire wood and two years later it's rotten and destroyed. But, just something to be 800 years old and be wood, it's unbelievable," said Jones.

Historic conservators believe the 23 foot long dugout canoe belonged to the Apalachee Indian tribe who used to fish, hunt and gather food in the water. Historical experts say they are blown away by its superior condition.

"The technology that they had at the time to be able to build a canoe this nice, it's pretty amazing to me, when you look at it, how crisply and cleanly it's made and the tools that they had available, shells, sharks teeth, flint," said James Levy.

The enormous canoe took 12 people nearly 6 hours to excavate the rare artifact in tip-top shape.

"Whoever did it was really good because it has sharp 90 degree corners on it and nice clean platforms on the end with just good,sharp edges, so they were very good at it," said Levy.

The canoe is currently at the Museum of Florida History but conservators plan to examine the item further and eventually will put it on display.

More than 350 dugout canoes have been discovered in Florida, but around 1 in 50 are in good condition.

An American Indian dugout canoe believed to be 500 to 800 years old has been recovered from the muck of a lake bed south of Tallahassee.

State archaeologists said Tuesday, November 30 that the 23-foot-long canoe is unusual because it is well-preserved and each end is finely carved.

More than 350 dugout canoes have been found in Florida, some
dating back 6,000 years, but most are degraded from repeated
periods of wetting and drying.

The canoe was exposed when Lake Munson was drawn down.
Crawfordville resident Dennis Jones first reported the canoe to the
Florida Museum of History.

Archaeologists removed it Monday so it can be conserved and
exhibited and to protect it from curiosity seekers who tried to dig
it out.

Pictures are attached above.

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