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7,000-year-old Neolithic boats in the Mediterranean reveal advanced nautical technology

Researchers have revealed the remarkable maritime capabilities of Neolithic communities residing along the Mediterranean shores over 7,000 years ago. Led by archaeologists from the Spanish National Research Council in Barcelona, the investigation focused on the discovery of five intricately crafted canoes at the Neolithic lakeshore settlement of La Marmotta, located near Rome, Italy.

These canoes, meticulously constructed from hollowed-out trees between 5700 and 5100 BCE, showcase a level of technological sophistication previously unrecognized in prehistoric watercraft..