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October 18, 2022 at 6:51 pm #66868
Members of Fort Fisher State Historic Site staff assisted the N.C. Underwater Archeology team and members of the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe in loading up a 940-year-old canoe that was found nearly intact at Lake Waccamaw.
To make dugout canoes, American Indians would roll large logs into the lake to identify the heaviest side. That heavy side, which would sink below the water, became the bottom of the canoe. The rest of the tree was carefully dug out and burned away. The scorch marks are still visible on the artifact. The canoe was left secured in the lake to prevent decay until it could be recovered and safely preserved.
This canoe will temporarily be with the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe before being transported to its final destination at The Museum of the Southeast American Indian for their exhibit hall.October 18, 2022 at 9:29 pm #66869
LAKE WACCAMAW, NC (WWAY) — Members of the Fort Fisher State Historic staff recently took part in a discovery hundreds of years in the making.
With the assistance of the NC Underwater Archeology Team and members of the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe, a 940-year-old dugout canoe was found nearly intact at Lake Waccamaw.May 1, 2023 at 3:36 am #67178
1,000-year-old Indigenous canoe excavated from Lake Waccamaw in North Carolina
Darren Thompson, Native News Online
LAKE WACCAMAW, N.C. — The Waccamaw Siouan Indian
Tribe helped archaeologists excavate a 28-foot canoe out of Lake Waccamaw on April 12 that is believed to be at least 1,000 years old. Local reports state that the canoe was found while three teenagers were swimming in the lake during the summer of 2021.
The Waccamaw Siouan Indian Tribe of North Carolina is one of eight state-recognized American Indian tribes in North Carolina. They call themselves “People of the falling star” because of their history near Lake Waccamaw. Their oral history tells that the lake was created long ago when a meteor crashed into the earth, and nearby waterways flowed into the crater, causing a unique blue-green appearance, unlike other lakes in the area.
Waccamaw Siouan Chief Michael Jacobs told Fox News that the canoe supports the tribe’s oral history that they have been there for thousands of years.
“For years and years, we’ve always been questioned about our history and where we come from and who we are,” Jacobs said at the excavation. “Now, we have physical history to back it up.”
Eli Hill, one of the teenagers who found the canoe while swimming, said he initially thought it was a log, but when he tried to pick it up, he couldn’t.
Hill’s family contacted the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology, which sent a team to examine the canoe and move it under a dock until it could be safely excavated.
According to reports, dozens of tribal citizens of the Waccamaw Siouan Indian Tribe observed the canoe excavation, along with community members and other news media. The canoe was immediately placed in a chamber, covered and dried with towels and wrapped in plastic to prevent further deterioration. The canoe will be treated with chemicals in a lab to be preserved for future observation.
The canoe will be displayed during an open house at the Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Laboratory in Greenville, N.C., on April 22.
Native News Online previously reported on canoe excavations. Last year, the Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin pulled a second canoe out of Lake Mendota that is at least 1,000 years old.May 1, 2023 at 3:47 am #67179
1,000-year-old canoe recovered from N.C. lake moves Waccamaw tribe members to tears
‘An opportunity to actually handle and touch our history is just a blessing,’ says Waccamaw Siouan Tribe chief
Sheena Goodyear · CBC Radio
When Michael Jacobs first laid eyes on a canoe his ancestors expertly crafted a millennium ago, he says he “couldn’t do nothing but cry.”
Jacobs is the chief of the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe in southeastern North Carolina, where a team of archaeologists and tribe members and local residents recently pulled a 1,000-year-old canoe from the water.
“For the Creator to allow us an opportunity to actually handle and touch our history is just a blessing. I mean, it’s overwhelming,” Chief Jacobs told As It Happens host Nil Köksal.June 29, 2023 at 8:05 pm #67189
ECU Notes: QAR lab partners with Waccamaw Siouan Tribe to conserve 930-year-old canoe
The Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR) Conservation Laboratory at East Carolina University’s West Research Campus is home to thousands of artifacts from the 300-year-old wreck of Blackbeard’s ship. Now it’s also home to an even older piece of North Carolina history — a Native American canoe discovered in Lake Waccamaw.
The canoe is about 30 feet long and about 930 years old, based on carbon-14 dating, said Kim Kenyon, lead conservator with the QAR lab. Made of a single tree, it is essentially a hollowed-out log. Native Americans in North Carolina would have used fire to fell the tree and to carve out the inside, Kenyon said.
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