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Thursday, 29th April 2021

Boyne logboat already known to authorities

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It turns out that the logboat “discovered” by local amateur archaeologist Anthony Murphy the day before yesterday has in fact been known about for some time.

A spokesperson for the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media has said that they were aware of the reports of a discovery.

However, he said that the logboat appears to be a vessel that was discovered and reported to the National Monument’s Service (NMS) in 2020.

“An inspection of the boat was carried out at the time along with another known logboat located in this stretch of the Boyne.

“Only the floor and part of the side walls of the vessel survive but from initial analysis it looks to be medieval or post medieval in date (circa 400-1650AD). 

“This logboat is one of 12 known to have been found in the Boyne over the last 200 years.

“The National Monuments Service will continue to monitor the condition of this logboat and other wrecks in the area and in this regard an inspection will be carried out of the boat when conditions and tides suit in the coming weeks.”

See our report from yesterday about the “discovery”:

A logboat possibly dating to Neolithic times is found in the Boyne

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