|Wooden fish traps said to be some 9,000 years old have been found in the
Baltic Sea off Sweden, possibly the oldest such traps in existence.
Marine archaeologists from Stockholm's Sodertorn University found
finger-thick hazel rods grouped on the sea bed. They are thought to be
the remains of stationary basket traps.
The archaeologists said the sticks seemed to have been used as a sort of
fence to lead the fish into a creel or they were part of the actual
creel. The remains of seven basket traps were found in a submerged
ancient river valley off Sweden's southern coast at a depth of 5-12m.
Many examples of similar traps had been found in other parts of the
world. Only one of the baskets has been carbon-dated and is estimated to
be around 9,000 years old.
The 8th Millennium BC is believed to be the period when Stone Age man
developed agriculture and built what were to become the world's first