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A canoe being excavated from Newnan's Lake

Newnan's Lake Canoe Site

The Newnan's Lake Canoe Site contains one of the most remarkable collections of ancient watercraft in North America. The site was identified when drought conditions exposed a normally inundated lakebed. Fifty three canoes have been excavated and analyzed from the site. Radiocarbon analysis has shown that they range in age from 500 to 5000 years old. Ninety three canoes have been mapped, representing what is likely a fraction of the total number in the lake. This site offers archaeologists valuable information on ancient Floridians' adaptations to the state's rich wetland environments.


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