Oldest Known Paddle

Oldest Known Paddle

The area now known as Yorkshire, England, was once a camping site for Stone Age hunters. About 10,000 years ago a small group of people established a campsite near the shore of a now—extinct lake. That they were very active hunters is indicated by the numerous remains of game animals such as deer and elk. Strangely, although they lived beside a large lake, no fish bones were found in the camp debris. Scientists believe they did fish or as least that they traveled on the lake. This is definitely indicated by the excavation of a wooden paddle. Although relatively insignificant, this artifact is the oldest implement of water navigation to have been discovered anywhere in the world.

From the book: 
Our Fascinating Earth