Mystery wood found on Navarre Beach

12:40 PM, Mar 15, 2012   |    comments
Navarre area Snowbird Agnes Hand found this piece of wood believed to be from a shipwreck from the 1800's on the shore behind the Regency Condominium in Navarre last year. / Tony Giberson/
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Navarre Beach, Florida - A mysterious piece of wood found washed up on the beach in Navarre last year will continue to be a mystery for now.

Agnes Hand, a snowbird from Wyoming, found the 8-foot long board in early 2011.

Curious about the timber's age and origin, Hand let a student from the University of West Florida take the board to begin the long, tedious research process.

"When I saw it, I thought, 'Wow, that thing is older than I am.' " the 76-year-old Hand said.

However, even after a year of study and preservation techniques, UWF's archaeology lab was unable to determine the origin or the age of the wood.

"There was not enough information for me to be able to say it was from a ship or it was from a dock but it may have been used in either one of those", said John Bratten, the chairman of the Anthropology Department at UWF.

Hand said she plans to display the board at the Regency Condos in Navarre, her winter home.

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