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AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Peter Wood, Missing the Boat: Ancient Dugout Canoes in the Mississippi-Missouri Watershed

Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 • 7:00 pm
Little Theater

Dugout canoes are by far the oldest and most enduring form of water transportation that humans have devised.  When archaeologists discuss the great Mississippian site at Cahokia near East St. Louis, a crucial piece of the puzzle still seems to be missing.  In recent years, dugout canoes dating back hundreds of years and measuring more than 30 feet in length have been recovered from the banks of tributary streams.  This illustrated talk explores how long such boats were in use, why they disappeared, and why they are so difficult to find.