While I thought some of those Mitchell 300′s I have buried in the garage are old, this takes the cake:
Marine archaeologists from Stockholm’s Sodertorn University recently found off the coast of Sweden what could be the world’s oldest fishing artifacts. The researchers found found finger-thick hazel rods grouped on the sea bed, which are thought to be the remains of stationary fish basket traps.
“This is the world’s oldest find when it comes to fishing,” said Johan Ronnby, a professor in marine archaeology.
Read more at the BBC