Don’t miss the boat at Dugout Canoes: Paddling through the Americas, on display inside the Baker Exhibit Center through May 2, 2017. This object-rich, interactive exhibit takes visitors through North, Central and South America to explore how dugout canoes were used, and how scientists study and preserve these ancient watercrafts.
Created by the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida, this nationally known traveling exhibit is based on the world’s largest archaeological find – 101 ancient dugouts found in Newnans Lake in Alachua County, Florida. During 2000, a drought caused lake levels to drop significantly and expose the prehistoric canoes, which had been hidden for centuries. Samples were taken from the canoes, revealing that the canoes’ ages ranged from 500 to 5,000 years old. Based on this and other scientific information, Dugout Canoes features ancient artifacts, tools, videos, models and life-size vessels to tell the story of how life and travel in the Americas have been affected by the use of dugout canoes through time.
Dugout Canoes: Paddling through the Americas is open daily from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. inside the Baker Exhibit Center. The Arboretum has also created educational programs around this exhibit as part of its youth education field trip offerings, and the exhibit is offered in both English and Spanish.
Exhibit support for Dugout Canoes is provided in part by The North Carolina Arboretum Society, RomanticAsheville.com Travel Guide and Smoky Mountain Living Magazine. Dugout Canoes: Paddling through the Americas was produced by the Florida Museum of Natural History with support from the AEC Trust, Lastinger Family Foundation, State of Florida and VisitGainesville.