Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Second Native American canoe found in Oconee
A second canoe believed to date back hundreds of years to early Native American residents of Oconee County has arrived at the Oconee Heritage Center.

It will now join the canoe found in the Chattooga River in 2002 in a preservation process and eventual exhibits at the museum, according to Nick Gambrell, the center’s curator and director.

The latest canoe, found in the Keowee River, was discovered last month by three young boys, Gambrell said.

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“Their neighbors, Mike and Diana Stafford, having read about the Chattooga Canoe a few years earlier, made sure that the canoe remained in the water-- knowing that keeping the wood wet would help to preserve the artifact. . ."

Good for them.