There is evidence that the coracle is Asiatic in origin and that it was being used on the Rivers Tigris and
Euphrates as early as the Ninth Century BC. If this is accepted then it must have been in use at some time on the
continent as the tribes moved westwards, only to fall into disuse eventually. Certainly Julius Caesar had not come
across such craft anywhere until he invaded Britain in 54 and 55 BC. The Belgic tribes, kinsmen of the Celts, could not
have had them, for Caesar had fought many campaigns against them. Caesar mentions the coracle in his account of the Spanish
expedition against his rival Pompey.