Sensational Discovery: Probably the World’s Oldest Depiction of a Boat Found in Northern Norway

Top: The rock drawing of the boat is very difficult to see in normal daylight. Bottom: The boat marked with black. (Photo: University of Tromsø)

This summer, a between 10,000 and 11,000 years old rock carving showing a boat was found at Valle by the Efjord in Nordland county, Northern Norway. Now it turns out that the discovery is sensational because this probably is the world’s oldest depiction of a vessel.

The retired geologist Ingvar Lindahl at the Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) was the man who stumbled across the rock carving and reported the discovery that is described as unique.

– We do believe this probably is the world’s oldest depiction of a boat. It is quite unique that it is found now, but it also shows that there may be something new where rock carvings have been found earlier, says archaeologist Jan Magne Gjerde from the University of Tromsø to Norwegian Broadcasting Cooperation, NRK.

The rock carving was found 230 feet (70 meters) above sea level and it is about 13 feet (4 meters) long, but the back is weathered so it is likely that it was about 14 feet (4.3 meters) in full size.

It is carved into the mountain with a 0.8 – 1,2 inches (2-3 centimeters) wide line.

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The sensational discovery was made here by the Efjord in the municipality of Ballangen in Nordland county, Northern Norway. The fjord is an arm of the main Ofotfjord, stretching about 22 miles to the south. (Photo: Unknown)

8000 BC

In 1932, geologists discovered very well preserved rock carvings of seal, harbour porpoise and bear at the Efjord. However, the boat is by far the most sensational finding.

It can be dated to between 10,000 and 11,000 years old (9000 – 8000 BC) because the sea level has changed dramatically since the Stone Age due to land raise.

Gjerde tells that the boat reminds of a leather boat from another finding in Greenland.

The finding is put in perspective when we know that this type of vessel probably was used on the waters off Nordland about 9000 years before the first Viking ship crossed the sea heading for the British Isles.

Valle by the Efjord, Nordland, Northern Norway (Google Maps)




Text by: Thor Lanesskog, ThorNews

Categories: Culture, History, Nature, Northern Norway

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