This is a very rare logboat, dug from the Tay estuary. It’s made from a hollowed out tree trunk. Incredibly, this important archeological artifact was created over 1,500 years ago. Logboats like this were used to transport people and materials. You might think of it like an early ferry. This boat could carry up to twelve people. It was used alongside other types of boats – like coracles, and other light craft – that were used for fishing and hunting. This logboat was discovered embedded in a sandbank in July 1895. At first it was thought to be a tree trunk, interfering with salmon nets. Once it was identified as a boat and an important early artifact, it was moved as carefully as possible. Radio carbon dating suggests that the boat was created in 485. Because it was carved from a single oak tree, the log boat gives us an idea of what the landscape would have looked like, with large trees growing close to the river. At the time the boat was discovered, tool marks were visible, and it was noted that the prow, was carved in the shape of an animal head. The large photographic landscape behind the log boat gives you an idea of how the area looked, at the time the boat was discovered in the 19th century. It’s quite different to the wooded landscape that existed when the boat was abandoned, many years earlier. Now, please turn around and look at the case with the model round house and Dundee Law behind you.
The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum is situated in the centre of Dundee. The Museum and Art Gallery originally known as the Albert Institute was opened in 1867 as a memorial to Prince Albert. In 2005 The McManus closed for a major refurbishment, reopening again on the 28th February 2010. We celebrated our 150th Anniversay in 2017 with a year of celebration. In 2020 we were awarded Visitor Attraction of the Year by Visit Scotland. The McManus has 8 galleries, which are laid out on 2 floors. Visitors can embark on a journey through 400 million years, and witness how a small settlement developed into the City of Dundee as it is today. From exhibits relating to the life of early man in the area, stunning paintings and decorative art through to artefacts from industries past and present, the City's collections, many of which are recognised as being of national significance, give an insight into Dundee and its people.