The starting point for a logboat was a solid tree-trunk, weighing up to 9 tons in the case of the Crevinish boat. This required manhandling, hollowing and shaping with significant woodworking skills, using tools suitable to the job. A significant number of people would have been involved and, apart from anything else, they would have required feeding! First stone, then metal tools were required and these came out of networks of miners and fabricators, and often arrived from far afield.
The archaeological evidence for the Iron Age in the county is sparse, but the Crevinish logboat stands with another product of organised labour, the Black Pig’s Dyke, showing us that even though the people responsible are largely hidden from us, we can learn much about their economic and technical organisations.
Men Carrying Dugout Canoe from Crevinish Bay in ©NIEA
Commissioned researcher for the Crevinish Logboat is Dr Brian Scott. To find out more about Brian check out our blog:-
To read the full report on the Crevinish Logboat by Dr Brian Scott download the pdf below.