Radiocarbon dating of a dugout boat discovered in Angkor indicates it was from the 13th century.
13th century boat found in Angkor. Source: Phnom Penh Post 20160727
Tests confirm Angkor boat made in 1207 AD
Phnom Penh Post, 27 June 2016
Boat Estimated to be 800 Years Old
Khmer Times, 27 June 2016
A boat unearthed at a construction site in Siem Reap’s Angkor Thom district in April was made in 1207 AD, according to carbon dating results announced on Friday.
The 809-year-old vessel was carved from a single tree trunk during the reign of King Jayavarman VII.
Apsara Authority spokesman Long Kosal said the results, produced by a radio carbon dating lab in New Zealand, were announced at the biannual meeting of the International Coordinating Committee for Angkor.
“I believe this is the oldest boat that has been found so far,” Kosal said.
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The remains of a dugout boat, some 13m long, was discovered in Siem Reap and is being investigated for its archaeological potential.
Dugout boat found in the Angkor Thom district. Phnom Penh Post, 20160411
Boat found at Siem Reap work site could be ancient artefact
Phnom Penh Post, 11 April 2016
Archaeology authorities are eagerly waiting to discover the true age of a potentially ancient boat after it was dredged up from the sandy depths in Siem Reap on Friday afternoon.
The 12.83-metre vessel was carved out from a single tree trunk and was unearthed some 7 metres underground at a construction site in Angkor Thom district, Apsara Authority spokesperson Long Kosal said.
A sample of the rare find has been sent for carbon dating to determine its age.
“From our point of view, this is the first boat of its kind that we’ve seen,” Kosal said.
“We cannot make any assumption or conclusion … but we believe this could be from ancient times.”
The boat is now lying submerged in the moat around Angkor Wat for preservation.
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Maritime archaeologists reading this post might be in a better position to comment, this dugout canoe found in Vietnam’s Duong River is thought to be the world’s largest and oldest.
Update: A reader pointed out that the Hasholme logboat in Yorkshire is older. So perhaps the Duong River boat is only Southeast Asia’s oldest?
Dugout canoe found in the Duong River. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150514
The world’s largest ancient wooden boat in Halong
Viet Nam Net, 14 May 2015
A dug-out canoe of the Van Lang culture (over 2,000 years ago) is owned by the former director of the Museum of Quang Ninh Province, Tran Trong Ha. Experts say this is the oldest and biggest intact dug-out canoe in the world.
The Poole Logboat dug-out canoe in England was previously considered the world’s oldest, at more than 2,000 years old, but it is not intact.
The Poole Logboat is about 10m long but the one in Vietnam is 10.8m long, and the widest point of the boat is 1.07m.
This ancient boat was fished out from the Duong River by a fisherman, who used it as a box to contain miscellaneous items.
Ha bought this boat in 2012. “I had planned to buy the ancient boat for the Quang Ninh Museum but the museum officials did not agree to purchase it because the boat was not a product of Quang Ninh. So I took it home,” Ha said.
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