This is one of two logboats discovered in Loch Glashan, but the only one to have been recovered. In 1961 the logboat was lifted out of the water and taken to Glasgow for conservation. The boat is a little smaller than its original size due to the shrinkage which happens when waterlogged wood dries. During the conservation process, as the water evaporates, chemicals penetrate the partly decomposed wood and stabilizes it. However, despite modern conservation methods some splitting and warping of the wood is visible, particularly in the starboard side and the ends. The boat is undated, but was possibly made and used in the first millennium AD.
Object Location: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
wow, to bad they added that after I visited that Museum in Glasgow. i would of loved to have seen it. I was very much interested in the 2nd floor mid-evil section, amazing. I love the swords displays, and helmets they had. One in particular i loved, looked like a monkey skull helmet. I posted it in here, i will have to find it and show if you have not seen it yet. what section of the Museum did they lay this boat at? Love the animal design in the front of the boat. i am sure the person who carved it was admired for there work. Beautiful photo my friend
I'm sorry you missed seeing the logboat, Rebekah. Thank you for complimenting my photograph of that relic! Unfortunately, I can't recall exactly where it was displayed; but I've Tweeted my friend Helen in Glasgow, since she was with me at the museum. Perhaps she'll remember, but I've forgotten.
Indeed, the entire collection at Kelvingrove was a sight to behold! I too am interested in things Medieval; and I highly recommend Ian Mortimer's book The Time Traveler's Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century (London: Bodley Head, 2008). It's an easy read and is very interesting!
Also, having visited the site of the historic 1415 CE battle near Azincourt in France, I recommend Anne Curry's book Agincourt: A New History (Stroud: Tempus, 2005). Hers is a controversial book, since via impeccable scholarship she has brought forward a much more accurate picture of what took place; and Oxbridge historians, who for centuries have insisted a small English force defeated a much larger French one, aren't happy.
Influential British historians, politicians and publishers have for centuries foisted upon the world a misspelling: The word is "Azincourt" rather than "Agincourt"—which just goes to show chauvinism and prejudice can infect otherwise-intelligent people, clouding their judgment. I think Curry went along with the customary British misspelling of that French place-name in order to slightly placate the Oxbridge types, whose negative criticisms I'm sure she knew would be forthcoming in spite of her faultless scholarship.
My take on such matters, Janis, consists primarily of two realizations: (1) I'm not an archaeologist; and (2) the people making those age determinations are archaeologists. Of course, anything's possible!
As you indicated, the relevant information includes: "The boat is undated, but was possibly made and used in the first millennium AD." Well, since we're dealing with the realm of possibility, it's also possible the logboat was made by university students in 1931 and submerged where someone would be likely to find it 30 years later.
I wish they'd said it dates from remotest antiquity and was made of wood from a species of tree heretofore unknown. Headline: "DID MYSTERY BOAT COME FROM ANOTHER PLANET?" In any case, it looks nice sitting there in the museum!
Tnx my friend, this word "possibly" was that made me start this topic. I think, there are several methods to date really old things but there are also an unfair scientists who falsify data for their own glory. So we must a decent proof to believe in anything.