Museum excavation yields ship – likely Viking origin

Bowen Island Museum and Archives uncovered a whole other layer to Bowen's history.

We’ve been struggling to keep a striking development at the Bowen Island Museum and Archives under wraps, one that has enormous implications for how we understand Bowen Island’s history and we dare say, the history of the B.C. coast. We’ve now received clearance to share the news with you all.

Despite all previous assumptions that Vikings never reached the Pacific Northwest, we found strong indications pointing to the exact opposite. In fact, we have scientific confirmation that the wooden fragments found during our excavation for our onsite storage last year are in fact putrefied boards stemming from a Viking boat.

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Therefore construction has been put on hold since the winter and this coming week we have a group of archaeologists starting the excavation process.Ground-penetrating radar tests suggest a larger structure reaching underneath the Museum and Archive building and further steps need to be considered after initial archaeological test excavations.

Of course none of this  is true (well it’s true we’re building onsite storage). Happy April Fools!

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