American Indian Log Boats

Submerged NC: American Indian Log Boats - Every Tree Tells a Story


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Presenters: John Mintz, State Archaeologist, NC Office of State Archaeology
Chris Southerly, Deputy State Archaeologist-Underwater, NC OSA Underwater Archaeology Branch

The Underwater Branch of the North Carolina Office of State Archaeology (OSA) has launched a “log boat initiative” to inventory, identify, recover, preserve, and exhibit American Indian Log Boats. Partnering with North Carolina American Indian Tribes, OSA staff are collaborating to protect these important but threatened resources that demonstrate North Carolina’s Indian population as being “first on the land.” 

Past discoveries of dugout canoes from coastal North Carolina provide background for a discussion of recent recoveries and finds from South River near Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Lake Waccamaw in Columbus County, highlighting work with the Waccamaw-Siouan Tribe and Coharie Indian Tribe.