Tyne and Wear HER(340): Offerton Haugh log-boat - Details
Offerton Haugh log-boat
Bronze Age/Iron Age
A log-boat of oak was found in 1888, at a depth of 2.1 m, in the bed of the River Wear at Offerton Haugh. It was 3.5 m long, with "a flat bottom rising slightly at either end and tapering in plan and elevation. The broader end is rectangular in plan, the other roundedâ€¦.A rectangular hole on one side may have been for joining the vessel to another". It is reported to have contained human bones; stone implements "like chisels" and deer horns were said to have been found on the bottom of the stream near the same spot.
<< HER 340 >> Sunderland Public Library Circular, 1910, no. 45, IV, pp. 364-5 W. Mitchell, 1919, History of Sunderland, p. 128 N.R. Whitcomb, 1968, Two Prehistoric Dugout Canoes from the River Wear at Hylton... Archaeologia Aeliana, 4, XLVI, pp. 297-301 S. McGrail, 1978, Logboats of England and Wales, British Archaeological Report, No. 51, pp. 218-19, no. 68 R. Miket, 1984, The Prehistory of Tyne and Wear, pp. 56-7, no. 8, and fig. 18.8