The secrets of Seahenge

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This week’s article looks at one of Lynn Museum’s star objects most commonly known as Seahenge.

In the summer of 1998 the shifting sands of Holme beach revealed something extraordinary. Preserved in the sand were the remains of a timber circle dating back over 4000 years, to the Early Bronze Age. Although discovered on a modern beach, the circle was originally built on a saltmarsh, some distance inland.

The timbers formed a circle, 6.6 meters in diameter and comprising of fifty five closely-fitted oak posts. Originally each post would have measured up to 3 metres in length.

At the centre of the circle was a great upturned tree stump.

Scientific dating methods showed that the trees were felled in the spring or early summer of 2049BC.

The trees had been cut down and shaped with bronze tools and the marks left by up to fifty axes were preserved on the surface of the wood.

Evidence from the site suggests that shortly after it was built the entrance to the circle was sealed.

In the centuries that followed the saltmarsh was covered by freshwater reed swamp, colonised by rushes and alder trees. This swampy area created a thick layer of dark peat which covered 
the remains of the timbers, protecting them from 
decay.

Join us on Wednesday 11 November 14.30 - 15.30 for an illustrated talk by Dr Robin Hanley. Find out more about Seahenge and other Bronze Age discoveries on the local coastline. Cost is £2 including museum admission. Free for Friends and Museums Pass Holders. 
You can call 01553 775001 to book.