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Report of Oldest Boat Hints at Early Trade Routes

Science  07 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5574, pp. 1791-1792
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5574.1791

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LONDON-- A Kuwaiti site has yielded 7000-year-old bitumen slabs thought to be from a seafaring vessel. If the interpretation of the material is correct, the discovery pushes back physical evidence of boats by more than 2000 years and sheds light on what later became trading routes linking two ancient civilizations: those of the Indus River valley and Mesopotamia. A second team is finishing a controversial reconstruction of a younger ship found in Oman.