The Dover Bronze Age Boat

Contributed by Dover Museum and Bronze Age Boat Gallery

The Dover Bronxe Age Boat on display in Dover Museum's award winning gallery.

This large 3,500 year old wooden boat traded across the channel in the Bronze Age.In 1992, the perfectly preserved remains of a large prehistoric boat were discovered six metres below the streets of Dover. Dated to c. 1550 BC the Dover Bronze Age Boat is one of the most important and spectacular prehistoric wooden objects ever found in Europe. It is a plank built boat made from oak and held together with wedges and yew withies.
Three and a half thousand years ago it was navigating the English Channel, long before Tutankhamun became Pharaoh of Egypt and whilst Stonehenge was still in use.
Yet it is not just its great age that makes it remarkable. As a piece of complex technology that has survived almost intact, it reveals much information about Bronze Age people in Britain, their society, and the landscape they lived in.
It is evidence of a culture that straddled the English Channel during the Bronze Age, trading and profiting from the passage.

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