English Heritage Says Seahenge Should Not Return to Its Beach Site
Keys, David, The Independent (London, England)
ENGLISH HERITAGE is campaigning to prevent the Seahenge prehistoric wooden temple being returned to the Norfolk beach where it was discovered two and half years ago.
The 4,000-year-old structure was identified off Holme next the Sea, dug up and then taken to Peterborough in Cambridgeshire because of concern over sea erosion. Its removal provoked prolonged protests by locals and Druid groups, who said the circle was a religious monument.
English Heritage, which oversaw and financed the excavation of the 50- plus timbers that surrounded an upturned tree stump, said the structure should not be returned because of the danger of it being destroyed by the North Sea.
The conservation body has now planned a public meeting to discuss its proposal and a spokesman said it was exploring the possibilities for displaying Seahenge with its owners, the le Strange Estate, and local organisations.
Research on Seahenge has changed the minds of archae-ologists on life in the Early Bronze Age. The site is yielding extraordinary new evidence of a much more dramatic prehistoric industrial revolution in Early Bronze Age Britain than had been previously thought.
A 3D laser scanning assessment of all 56 timbers in the monument has revealed that all the tools used to cut down and trim the timbers were made of bronze.
Academics had previously been thought that Early Bronze Age tribesmen used a mixture of stone and bronze tools and that bronze axes were a valuable rarity. …