Stone Age boat building site with technological developments not thought to have been developed for thousands more years has been discovered off the U.K. coast. The site, which is submerged 36 feet underwater, was discovered by archeologists in 2005. However, until now, experts did not know what the structure had been used for.
Researchers with the Maritime Archaeological Trust, a charity involved in the underwater excavation of sites across Britain, initially found the submerged wooden structure was made up of contains trimmed timbers that scientists believed could have been walkways, platforms or merely collapsed structures.
However, after returning to the site in late spring, the team found a new structure sticking out from the “drowned forest” it sits in. By analyzing the site with state-of-the-art imaging techniques, archeologists were able to create a 3D model of the landscape. They then excavated the new platform, finding it was made up of several layers of timber that had been placed on wooden foundations laid horizontally.
The new structure, which dates back 8,000 years, is part of the oldest boat building site in the world, researchers believe. It sits off the coast of the Isle of Wight—an island off the south coast of England. Read on.