Seerhein (dpa) - After the discovery of a more than 4000 year old dugout canoe in Lake Constance, researchers hope to gain new knowledge about the history of the original boat and perhaps even life on the water in the early Bronze Age.

"Through the discovery, the use of the lake as a waterway or fishing water can now be documented for the first time at this time," said the Stuttgart district president Wolfgang Reimer (Greens) on Wednesday.

The wooden relic is to be carefully recovered in the coming weeks.

The more than eight meter long dugout canoe, according to experts' estimates, dates from the 24th to the 23rd century BC.

The remains of the boat are to be recovered in the coming weeks and then conserved in years of precision work by the restorers of the State Office for the Preservation of Monuments.

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