Age of ancient canoe in small Minn. museum shocks officials

04/14/2014 | Reuters

An ancient canoe, once thought to date back to the 1700s, is actually almost 1,000 years old, according to radiocarbon tests conducted by archaeologists. The dugout canoe has been in a display case at the Western Hennepin County Pioneer Association museum in Minnesota for 46 years before testing revealed it was actually made sometime between 1025 and 1165. "It was a total shock. It's been kind of in a background display; not much was made of it," said museum President Russ Ferrin, who noted that the canoe will now have a place of prominence.

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