Google Earth Spots 1,000 Year Old Fishing Trap

March 17, 2009

(ChattahBox)–An ancient underwater fishing trap was recently discovered in Cardigan, West Wales using Google Earth to narrow in on its precise location. Scientists estimate the stone fish trap to be 1,000 years old, the oldest underwater structure made by man, discovered in Wales. The trap at 853 feet long, in a massive v-shape, was first spotted by an overhead plane. Local archaeologists excitedly logged on to Google Earth and dispatched scuba divers to investigate. Archaeologists say medieval communities constructed stone fishing traps to catch fish and scooped them out with nets as the tide rolled out. This particular stone trap is larger than normal and would have required many medieval laborers to haul in the heavy boulders to construct it.

Scientists say, the sea level was much lower thousands of years ago, and the original fish trap was above water. Only a few ancient fish traps remain in Wales, once a thriving coastal fishing community. Interested historians can log on to Google Earth for a glimpse of the medieval fish trap.


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