Log boat Ahoi! What is it?

Log boat Ahoi! Is the name of a tireless team of archaeologists and their log boat called Xiphia. We are highly motivated to beat the other crews during the international prehistoric log boat regatta 2016 in Attersee, Austria.

To bring back the trophy we need to take our own boat with us. This is only possible in a truck. Help us to do so!

You make it, we paddle! But please don’t let us have to paddle alone all the way to Austria!

Picture 4582d67a 1653 4b13 b862 ae55571bdc87 Picture 7dbee6b1 7b5e 4b20 ba1e ce6e187217f7 Picture d03f4225 9f91 49fa 8b8f 1b4a58eb80bf Picture db2881d7 5c44 4609 a712 1f0216e30258 Picture 121001af 91af 4271 b3c8 2c72678d16b8 Picture b14a30bd a974 4f63 9917 491d5e48cf6e Picture 23a3bedd b2b5 4532 9a22 cddcffb4f1d0 Picture fc6c7e7c 1001 4045 b880 d6855434c8bc Picture 063d6544 12a5 4e1f a51e 741ac94bcb0d Picture 7b548bc5 50cf 43b2 baf9 e8f231b71f65 Picture 2f3fead9 9d6f 472b b7ec 4b521e50838d Picture a75c1031 3c59 4566 acdd d34bab93f5ce Picture 4e8670ce 9059 408a 8a0d a28f0d05cb52 Picture 887a3a4a fd87 4fa2 a8c0 3a6c5d88bd87 Picture 1b73bc53 3627 4737 a461 08e3edbaed4e Picture 257fd6b9 8717 45a2 8a63 5458d023b31a Picture 4943d505 1b90 4c83 ae0c cf5d536e170d Picture 486bb156 07a2 41c7 9686 872b4152371e Picture 8ddd38ef 5967 4795 be4c 1648a2286e44 Picture 9dd81e9b 699b 4508 8ccc 4e73d4d1c6d4 Picture 9fa67795 c9c6 4873 b608 e0cf04a506b6 Picture d40abe52 2810 45d2 8ca6 4ce3a9525805 Picture df4e8b85 cbfb 41f0 a4e7 28f609e77a83

Xiphias Odyssey

The name of our log boat, Xiphia, means «swordfish» in Greek. And just as the powerful goddess Athena was born from Zeus’ head, so was Xiphia – our sword-fish – from a strong tree-trunk. She was built in 2014 on a model of a 3350 year old Bronze Age log boat.

A log boat is built in one piece from a single tree-trunk. Log boats have been used for thousands of years throughout the world: in the Amazonas, Southeast Asia and around the Alps! It is the simplest form for a boat, and certainly not the most useless. In Switzerland log boats were used till the beginning of the 20 century and in other countries they are still used every day to transport goods, people and ideas!

Xiphia was built as a valorisation project for an exhibition on prehistoric transportation on water. Log boats were used by the people living in the pile-dwellings around the Alps during the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods (from the 5to the 1 millennium BC). The pile-dwellings around the Alps are UNESCO World Heritage.

Pile-dwellings are houses built on piles and situated on the shores of the lakes around the Alps. WE know a lot about how the people lived then, since many of the pile-dwelling villages are well conserved under water. They are considered as real treasure troves for the underwater archaeologists since organic material is particularly well preserved. Thanks to these finds, certain aspects of everyday life can be reconstructed: how people dressed, ate, built their houses and their boats!

To raise awareness about this World Heritage, the NMB Neues Museum Biel and ArchaeoConcept organise log boat regattas on the lake of Biel since 2014. During the second year, we already had crews coming from Austria, Slovenia, France and Ireland!

Of course, it is fun to organise and win these races, but our main goal is to help people understand the stakes of the well-preserved but delicate and almost invisible archaeological sites.

Picture 3484a74d fc09 4d84 9aaa 66961719a07e Picture 2190bbc3 9d3f 4ea0 828e 887023d2acc0 Picture 567cd4fd d7a7 4e41 99e1 7ac75bc208e0 Picture 59709d83 a1fa 414a 950e be1282227008 Picture 8b81f6fe c79c 44e5 ba6b c605b527088e Picture 3988790c 0ed7 4104 8cce 2a3c1876bf9d Picture 5eed3bcd a0c2 442f a322 8041873a24cf Picture 84f0f6ba e5c7 469d ac3d 006dfb302585 Picture 651ad437 eafa 4e60 88e8 6ec1616b7436 Picture 1492c35b 4172 4882 b405 ca79f2b9ec0e

Xiphia conquers Europe

The 2nd international log boat regatta takes place on the 6th of August in Attersee in Austria. After having organised the regattas in 2014 and 2015, we would like to participate in the third race with our log boat Xiphia.

Why Biel and Austria?

The UNESCO World Heritage «Prehistoric pile-dwellings around the Alps» includes 111 archaeological sites in six different countries? The regatta should be organised every year in one of these countries. After Austria, France will take the lead and then maybe Italy, Germany or Slovenia.

The sum of our ages (3559 years), our sizes (17,99 metres) and our weight (1100 kilogrammes) and the distance between Biel and Attersee and back (1400 kilometres) gives us the amount we need to get there : 6076, 99 francs!

Picture 5840b9a3 d1e0 432a ab99 d76421a29db3

Xiphia and its crew of archaeologists from the Seeland

The crew is composed of Ludivine, curator at the NMB Neues Museum Biel and her assistant Jonas; the log boat belongs to them.

And ArchaeoConcept! This small private company realize archaeological projects in Switzerland and abroad. Cynthia, Ellinor and Lauriane develop concepts with little means but long-term results.

We want to achieve this project together «Log boat Ahoi!».

Xiphia und die Crew aus Seeländer Archäologen

Mit dabei sind vom NMB Neues Museum Biel Ludivine, die Kuratorin der Archäologischen Sammlungen, und ihr Assistent Jonas; Xiphia gehört ihnen.

Und ArchaeoConcept! Dies ist ein kleines privates Unternehmen, das Projekte auf die Beine stellt, um die Archäologie in der Schweiz und im Ausland zu fördern. Cynthia, Ellinor und Lauriane entwickeln Konzepte zwar mit wenigen Mittel aber mit langfristigen Resultate.

Zusammen möchten sie das Projekt «Einbaum Ahoi!» verwirklichen.

Picture fdd5216e bab3 4c02 9fb8 db03e3d6deea