Indian Canoe

This canoe was rediscovered in 1962 on Hampton Lake, Northwest of Starke, Florida. It was left in the lake for years until space was available at the Bureau of Archaeological Research in Tallahassee to preserve the canoe by immersion in a vat of sugar-water solution.

The 18 foot canoe of Southern hard pine is charred on the inside, indicating the use of the chip and burn method of construction prior to the introduction of iron tools. The narrow body was most likely poled in the shallow lake.