An 8,000-Year-Old Platform in Britain Could Be the Oldest Boat-Building Site Ever Discovered

Archaeologists diving at a site on the Isle of Wight, just off the south coast of England, have found the remains of a wooden platform dating back 8,000 years. If, as researchers believe, it was used to build log boats, the site would be the oldest known boat-building site in the world.

In 1999, divers found a lobster excavating a burrow on the seafloor near Bouldnor Cliff on the Isle of Wight. The lobster wasn’t just chucking rocks out its front door — archaeologists realized some of the stones were flints worked by Stone Age people.

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