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video available. See video of Seahenge excavation (Real G2, 42")

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Seahenge before the excavation

Seahenge, the timber circle found at Holme-next-the-Sea in Norfolk in 1998, is one of the most important Bronze Age sites to be excavated in Europe in recent years.

Scientists working with English Heritage were able to show that the wood for the ancient circle dated back to 2050 BC. It is believed Seahenge was used as a ceremonial site.

The 55 posts, with an up-turned stump of an oak tree in the middle, were spotted on the beach at Holme when the peat dune covering them was swept away by winter storms.

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Seahenge is excavated
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The excavation of Seahenge sparked opposition from some local people and druid groups.

The timbers have been studied at the Bronze Age research centre at Flag Fen near Peterborough.

Now that experts there have finished their investigations, the timbers could be returned to the ground.

Internet links:
Norfolk Archaeological Unit

English Heritage

 

 



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