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In a 2017 photo, a Wabanaki-made birch canoe that was carbon-dated to the 1700s is seen hanging in a barn behind the Pejepscot Historical Society museum in Brunswick, Maine. The canoe, possibly the oldest such canoe in existence, has been removed for conservation and will go on display inside the museum as early as this fall. (Pejepscot Historical Society/Larissa Vigue Picard via AP)

A museum in Maine has preserved a Native American canoe from the 1700s


One of the oldest-known Native American birch-bark canoes has been preserved by a historical society in Maine and it's set to go on display as early as this fall.

The Pejepscot Historical Society in Brunswick, Maine, said carbon dating showed that the Wabanaki canoe was likely made in the mid-1700s. Museum Executive Director Larissa Vigue Picard added that it could be the oldest canoe of its kind in existence.

Native Americans have been making these types of canoes for about 3,000 years, but the Maine State Museum notes that only a few of the earliest ones still exist because the bark is so fragile.

The Pejepscot Historical Society came in to possession of the canoe in 1889 and plans to further preserve it before it goes on display.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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