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Matt Pope on BBC Radio 4's Making History

2 July 2014

Matt Pope with Karl Brady from the Underwater Archaeology Unit at the National Monuments Service in Dublin

Matt Pope reported for the BBC Radio 4 programme Making History on the discovery of 12 log boats from Loch Corrib, Galway, in the Republic of Ireland.

The discoveries, first made by Captain Trevor Northage, were investigated by a team from Ireland's Underwater Archaeology Unit led by Karl Brady. The boats included everything from a Bronze Age wooden vessel, a Medieval log boat and a Victorian paddle steamer.

As Matt Pope indicated:

  • "It was a privilege to be able to report on these exceptional finds for Radio 4, and to see how professional archaeologists are working closely with Captain Northage to document this archive of boat-building heritage stretching back 3,500 years."

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