Marine archaeologists from Stockholm’s Sodertorn University have what they think are the remains of ancient stationary basket fishing traps. The finger-thick hazel rods grouped on the sea bed resemble similar remains found elsewhere in the world. Their age is what makes them special.
“This is the world’s oldest find when it comes to fishing,” said Johan Ronnby, a professor in marine archaeology. Arne Sjostrom, a fellow archaeologist who worked on the Sodertorn project, 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”. If you’re wondering what the hell a creel is I’ll save you the wiki search; it’s a woven basket used to keep fish that have been caught, fresh.
The remains of seven basket traps were found submerged in an ancient river valley off the Southern coast of Sweden at a depth of 5-12m (16.5-40ft), Mr Sjostrom said. Only one of the baskets has been carbon-dated thus far. Results have pegged the age at an estimated 9,000 years old. That time period is thought to the period when Stone Age man developed agriculture and built what became the world’s first cities.