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Boat bailer

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From Cheese Bay, Lochmaddy, North Uist, Outer Hebrides

Boat bailer
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This wooden boat bailer of driftwood was found during peat cutting at Cheese Bay at Lochmaddy on North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. It was made sometime between 190 BC and 100 AD.

The boat bailer is in good condition, although some of the wood shrank and cracked when it dried out. The wood is either larch or spruce, probably larch, and it may have drifted across from North America.

Driftwood was a valuable source of timber in areas such as the Western Isles where few trees grew.

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