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Seahenge, Norfolk, England


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Prehistoric ceremonial monument discovered in spring 1998 as a result of coastal erosion. It was excavated in July 1999 amid calls to preserve the remains in situ. Extremely well preserved, the structure comprises a ring of 55 closely set oak posts, slightly oval in plan, 7 m by 6 m across, with an entrance opening to the southwest. In the centre was the stump of an upturned oak tree, its trunk embedded in the ground and its root‐plate uppermost. The remains of the honeysuckle fibre ropes used to drag it into position survived around the trunk. Dendrochronology has shown that the tree was 167 years old when felled in the spring of 2050 bc. Originally, the site lay well inland from the coast on fairly open dry land.

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F. Pryor, 2001, Seahenge. London: Harper Collins

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