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The boat from Bruges

4th - 5th century

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August 1899. Great turmoil during excavation works for the construction of a new trading port just outside Bruges city centre. Traces had been found there previously of a Roman settlement. This time, workers discovered a well preserved wooden boat. Specialists hurried to the site, but, sadly, arrived too late. The boat was already destroyed with nothing but debris left over.

This Roman vessel probably sailed on rivers and at sea. Presumably, it sank or was left behind at a jetty. There is no agreement about the length and dating of the vessel. What we do know is that this was a very exceptional find for our region.