A few folk have asked if there were artifacts found with the original boat. Sadly there were very few and those mostly fragmentary. The boat had clearly been pulled up out of the river to a marshy area and partly dismembered before sinking into the archaeological record. One artifact we do need is paddles. It is thought the side planks of this type of boat are not strong enough for oars and few bronze age paddles have been found. There is a bronze age oar from Canewdon in Essex, a good number of Neolithic paddles and a set of paddles from the Iron Age Hjortspring boat. From this evidence we came up with a range of possible paddle designs and we have a gorgeous straight grained ash log to make them from. Here I am starting the split.