3. Neolithic and Bronze Age Boats

Boats are integral to coastal and island communities within western Britain. The presence of boats is demonstrated through the colonisation of off-shore islands (Garrow and Sturt 2011), the movement of material culture (Patton 1991) and evidence for the capture of species off-shore fish (Mellars 1978). To date, no remains of prehistoric boats are known from the western coast of British Isles. However, a growing number of boats have been identified within the archaeological record for the British Isles and these give some indication about the nature of boats that may have been in use within western Britain. These boats can structurally be placed within three broad categories: logboats, plank-built boats and skinboats (McGrail 2001).


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