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A wooden vessel made by hollowing out a substantial tree‐trunk. In many cases such vessels were used with no further elaboration, in others the dug‐out trunk formed the hull of a more substantial vessel built up from it. The earliest known date from the Mesolithic period in Scandinavia and northern Russia, where several examples are painted or carved with the forms of animals. Care must be taken in identifying logboats because tree‐trunks were also hollowed out in prehistoric times to make troughs and coffins. Also called by the less satisfactory term dug‐out canoe.

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