The 8000-year-old dugout canoe from Dufuna (NE Nigeria)

PETER BREUNIG Originally appeared in Aspects of African Archaeology: Papers from the 10th Congress of the Pan-African Association for Prehistory and Related Studies edited by Gilbert Pwiti and Robert Soper INTRODUCTION Boats are humanity’s oldest means of transport. Long before the invention of the wheel and cart, or of transport by animal, boats enabled not … More The 8000-year-old dugout canoe from Dufuna (NE Nigeria)

Nigeria’s 8,000 year old boat

When Mallam Ya’u, a Fulani cattle herder in Dufuna, Nigeria began digging a well on May 4, 1987 little did he know that before he reached the depth necessary to draw water, he would find something of far greater significance. Africa’s oldest boat is in Nigeria. It was dug up in Yobe state two kilometers … More Nigeria’s 8,000 year old boat