Sacred Vessel or Toy? Rare Native Boat Carving Found

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Sacred Vessel or Toy? Rare Native Boat Carving Found

Native Americans living in the California Channels and adjacent southern  California before the Spanish arrived in the 1500s carved small boats out of  submarine volcanic material. Navy archaeologists have found one such effigy 90  miles west of San Diego on San Clemente Island.

The volcanic material used to carve the boats was a rare form of lava, it was  harder than molten rock that flows on the mainland and its vesicles were  smaller, making it more brittle, says the an article  from Navy News.

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