Swedish archaeologists believe they have discovered the oldest wooden fishing equipment in the world on the ground of the Baltic Sea coast in southern Sweden.
The find, located in the east coast of Skåne County, consists of a rig with rods several fingers wide dating back to about 9,000 years ago. “It is the world's oldest find of fishing equipment”Says Johan Rönnby Sveriges Radio (SR), a professor of marine archeology at the University of Södertöm.
- The oldest fishing equipment in the world is 9,000 years old
Archaeologists believe the rods were woven or tied together with a rope in a structure such as a wall and that were placed in the river to guide the fish towards nets or other containers.
The discovery has been made in the larger riverbed that used to be part of the river Verke (Verke A). Today, the area is submerged under the surface of the Baltic Sea, but 9,000 years ago the channel was above sea level.
Along with the fishing gear, archaeologists have also found food scraps and other waste probably thrown into the river by the first residents. However, it has yet to be discovered no settlement, according to Rönnby.
The discovery was made as part of a great research project carried out by the MARIS institute of maritime archeology in Södertörn nicknamed Lost Landscapes.
Launched in 2011, the project aims to study and examine the mouth of the postglacial river Verke as well as the archipelago off Blekinge in southern Sweden.
The researchers hope their work will shed light on how people lived and what the landscape was like, now under water, 9,000 years ago.
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