Catching Up with Boats and Monstrances

Thousand-year-old boat
After a day spent wrestling with Firefox (which refused to play nice with the other programs I needed), I’m going to simply attempt a quick roundup post to cover a few things of interest.

First up, you may remember the post I did about the recent theft of a monstrance (religious doodad) from the Catharijne Convent Museum. Well, it turns out that they caught the three people responsible and recovered the missing bit. The museum hopes to have it back on display soon.

In other news, they’ve found the remains of another old boat near the Catharijnesingel. (Honestly, Utrecht isn’t like Atlanta where everything is named Peachtree, or in this case Catharijne. It’s just a coincidence.) The canal, which became a highway, which is reverting back to a canal, was the site of the recent archaeological excavation. In fact, for my British readers, you may appreciate the fact that it was found near the Boots pharmacy over by the train station.

Anyway, the remains of the ship are oak and measure around 8 meters long and 2.5 meters wide. American (and some British) readers will have to do the metric to imperial conversion on their own, but trust me, it’s a good size. The boat dates to sometime between 500 to 1000 AD. It’s one of many boat remains that have been found in the general area in recent years. In fact, the really poor photo at the top is of a thousand-year-old boat that now stands in dry dock in the Utrecht Centraal Museum. You can literally smell the history when you step into that room. For what it’s worth, history smells a bit funky.

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