Soon it will be a hundred years since the dugout canoe from Matena has excited the interest and imagination of visitors. This more than 9 m long boat was dug out of a single oak trunk. It was long presumed to be crafted by the pile dwellers and more than four thousand years old. It turned out though that the dugout canoe was actually used later, in the Iron Age; not a surprising finding considering that the local inhabitants and people elsewhere in Europe employed such boats as the means of transportation up to the modern times.
The dugout canoe was discovered by the farmer Martin Sterle while digging a drainage ditch.
Object: Dugout canoe rom the Ljubljana Marsh 
Description: 9 m long, dug out of an oak trunk 
Date/Period: 9th century BC 
Material: Oak trunk 
Dimensions: Length: 9.3 m
Findspot: Matena near Iška Loka 
Inv. No.: R 15695
Location: Permanent exhibition at the National Museum – Prešernova