World's Oldest Fish Trap Found Near Sweden
Fish-catching baskets are thought to be 9K years old
By Dustin Lushing, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2012 4:14 PM CDT
Carbon dating revealed one of the traps to be around 9,000 years old.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Marine archaeologists have discovered fishing traps they think were constructed around 9,000 years ago. "This is the world's oldest find when it comes to fishing," says one expert. The researchers found the remnants of seven wooden traps on the Baltic Sea bed off Sweden, reports the BBC. The artifacts consist of sticks believed to once be components of basket traps.

They may have been used as a "sort of fence to lead the fish into a creel or they were part of the actual creel," says one of the archaeologists. The pieces were discovered in an underwater ancient river valley near Sweden's southern coast, and carbon dating revealed one of the traps to be about 9,000 years old, notes AP.

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chefmoda
Feb 26, 2014 5:23 PM CST
Mike said:"the bible is wrong on the time line for the earth..and God didn't create it either..nature did" Mike, how did you come by these astoundingly puerile conclusions? Do you have a direct line to the Almighty or do you live in CO and take advantage of the MJ stores there?
Greg Hawkins
Feb 26, 2014 2:04 PM CST
The Bible isn't wrong. Bishop Usher, and Anglican bishop arbitrarily assumed that the Biblical geneaologies included all persons who lived. Geneaologies were written for various purposes- to emphasize relationships to kingly lineage, priestly lineage, and aspects of spiritual significance, but were never claimed to be exhaustive by Jewish scholars. Usher was ignorant of such things, and many still are today. In Genesis, the days are representative of periods of time of undefined length. The orbits of the Sun and moon were not fixed until after several creative "days" had passed. In prophetic literature, we are informed that a day is to the Lord as a 100,000 years- not an exact number- just a large undefined expanse of time. Science, far from disproving the Genesis account, roughly confirms the order of the emergence of life on the planet. Since God the Father has no physical body, but is Spirit (those who worship Him must worship in Spirit and in truth), how did he "shape" man out of the primordial muck- having no physical hand? Clearly, the narrative allows for theistic evolution. There need be no conflict between science and faith, Biblically. This is why the rabbis and Judaism as a whole has no major issues with evolution. Only Usherites and some strains of fundamentalism are threatened by this issue. I am a conservative Biblical believer, but I also have been trained to let the textual context of a book- even the Bible speak for itself- and be read as it was intended by the authors- not superimposing artificial theological constraints fed by faulty assumptions on it. A little historical knowledge and honest textual analysis go a long way.
mike
Feb 26, 2014 12:21 PM CST
the bible is wrong on there time line for the earth..and God didn't create it either..nature did..