Net-making dates back to the dawn of civilization. The Antrea Net is the oldest known fishing net in the world. It has been dated to circa 8300 BC by carbon-14 dating. It was discovered in 1913 by a farmer named Antti Virolainen in Antrea, Finland while digging ditches in a swampy meadow. The net is made of willow and is 27 to 30 metres long and 1.3 to 1.5 metres wide, with 6 cm square mesh. The find also includes 18 bark floats with holes to which the top of the net was attached, and 31 stone weights weighing 450 to 550 grams each. Nine thousand years later, the materials and techniques have advanced, but the basics remain the same.
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