1000 year old Mayan canoe found

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Archaeologists have discovered a wooden Mayan canoe in southern Mexico.

The canoe is believed to be over 1000 years old.

Measuring just over 1.6 metres, the canoe was found in a freshwater pool near the ruined Mayan city of Chichen Itza.

The boat has been dated between 830-950 AD, towards the end of the Mayan civilisation’s golden age.

Experts don’t know why it was in a pool but they believed the canoe may have been used to extract water from a pool, or to make ritual offerings.

The boat was found during construction work on a new tourist railway known as the Maya Train.

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