Carpow logboat to go on display

Carpow logboat found at Newburgh, Fife.
Carpow logboat found at Newburgh, Fife.
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In 2006, archaeologists excavated and uplifted a 3000-year-old logboat from the River Tay, near Carpow at Newburgh.

This week it returned to the Tay valley, if not the river.

The National Museum of Scotland’s conservation and analytical research department undertook extensive conservation work for a period of five years on the Carpow logboat at their state of the art facilities at the National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh.

The department operates the only large scale facility in Scotland together with expertise to undertake the conservation of such a huge waterlogged object, including over a year of treatment in the centre’s freeze drier.


On its return, the logboat was skilfully manoeuvred into Perth Museum under the guiding hands of the expert team of conservators from National Museums Scotland and engineers from T. G. McDonald Engineering Ltd.

Over the next few weeks, the logboat will be made whole again and take centre stage in an eagerly anticipated exhibition on the boat’s story and its Bronze Age origins, ‘The Carpow Bronze Age Logboat’, set to open on March 19.

Perth Museum and Art Gallery has been closed to the public since January, to allow for the first stage of improvement works in the entrance hall to be completed safely and also to prepare the galleries for the arrival of the logboat.


Councillor Liz Grant, lifelong learning convener with Perth and Kinross Council, said: “Painstaking work has enabled the Carpow logboat to shortly go on display, so we can all discover more about life locally thousands of years ago.

“It’s great that we have the chance to highlight the ancient history of the Perth and Kinross area as the Museum reopens after important improvements.”