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All of these representations of oars in boats, interestingly enough, are about four to five thousand years old. There is evidence which suggests seafaring Neanderthals in the Mediterranean Sea as far back as 110 thousand years and yet others have suggested that hominids have been sailing for as long as a million years; stone tools found on the Indonesian island of Flores date back that far.

One of the most fantastical and best preserved nautical artifacts the world has possibly ever housed under skylights and computerized humidity control, is the Cheops Ship, a full size 143’ long ‘Solar Barque’ unearthed at the great pyramid at Giza in 1954. Why sailing is suggested I’m not sure, since the distances needed to get there from the mainland seem to be easily paddled or rowed on a half decent log with sea levels of present day’s geography.

The world’s first paddle may have been invented during a few splashy minutes by some enterprising young and energetic cave kid; “Hey mom, I just used this moose antler to paddle a tree trunk from Beasty Island to our campsite! One 7,500 yr old oar was found in the United Kingdom, another in Changnyeong S.

Korea made of pine, and one 2 ft long ‘oar’ was found in Japan in 1999.

The earliest canoe is dated to around 10,000 years ago.

It was found in the Netherlands in 1955 while they were digging for a highway.

By 1873, Colgate had mass produced the first toothpaste, and mass-produced toothbrushes followed a few years later.Dentistry is one of the oldest medical professions, dating back to 7000 B. By the 1700s, dentistry had become a more defined profession. In ancient Greece, Hippocrates and Aristotle wrote about dentistry, specifically about treating decaying teeth, but it wasn’t until 1530 that the first book entirely devoted to dentistry—The Little Medicinal Book for All Kinds of Diseases and Infirmities of the Teeth—was published.It has a 6 inch deep hold, and two wooden pegs,(which sound like thole pins to me) shaped like tree stumps on each side. Some of the earliest images we have of oars are from shards of pottery in China, and there are some in Greece as well, and 1400 miles from Mt. Instead it is most likely that our absence of paddles, boats, and oars in our vaults of ancient artifacts older than 10K, is due primarily to the unfortunate fact that wooden stuff just can’t last in the ground much longer than that.Olympus in a north northwesterly direction there are some fantastic rock carvings called the ‘Tanum Petroglyphs’ in the borderlands of Sweden and Norway. Nonetheless, it’s reasonable to assume that humans have been pushing and pulling things through the water with the aid of paddles or oars for a very, very long time; probably since humans have been the humans that we recognize today, which is said to be between 35,000 to 50,000 years! Or..suggest that we (or our distant relatives) have been boating even before that.

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