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Bronze age canoe stops pipeline(UK)
BBC ^ | 24 Aug 2006 | BBC

Posted on 08/24/2006 11:25:40 AM PDT by Marius3188

Archaeologists working on a gas pipeline near Milford Haven in Pembrokeshire have unearthed what they believe to be a 3,400-year-old canoe.

Work has stopped on a section of the pipeline near St Botolphs to allow the Bronze Age oak relic to be recovered.

It is the first such discovery in Wales and only 150 exist across Europe.

Senior archaeologist Neil Fairburn said: "You could never have expected to find anything like this in this small wetland area, it's just awesome."

The team has also found evidence of a small settlement, a small amount of property and other items, such as polished stone rings.

Fragment

Mr Fairburn, who works for the National Grid, said: "Everybody here is excited and it's unlikely they'll ever work on anything like this again."

It was found six weeks ago less than a metre below the surface in a marshy area of land, but archaeologists have only just had it confirmed what the find was. Work was stopped immediately.

A fragment was sent to experts in Miami, who radio carbon dated it to 1,420 BC.

The canoe is carved from a single trunk of oak, and measures 4.5m x 0.9m (15ft x 3ft).

It is being kept continuously wet to prevent it from rotting.

Mr Fairburn added: "The wet conditions have provided beautiful preservation conditions for the wood.

"If the gas pipeline had not been coming through here we would not have this."

It will take another two weeks before the team is ready to move the canoe, which will be handed over to the National Museum of Wales.

Contractors have been moved to work on other parts of the route, which will run the breadth of Wales.

The natural gas pipeline will link two liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals at Milford with the UK's gas supply.

There have been protests against the LNG and pipeline project on safety and environmental grounds - and this was not the first time work had been stopped after an unexpected discovery.

Earlier this year work was stopped on a section of the route at St Clears after a human thigh bone and other fragments were unearthed by contractors.

The remains were later identified as specimens used by the medical profession or students.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Unclassified
KEYWORDS: bronze; bronzeage; canoe; energy; godsgravesglyphs; uk

1 posted on 08/24/2006 11:25:42 AM PDT by Marius3188
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To: SunkenCiv

Bronze Age canoe
GGG ping


2 posted on 08/24/2006 11:26:22 AM PDT by Marius3188 (Happy Resurrection Weekend)
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To: Marius3188
Archaeologists working on a gas pipeline...

That's why the US is great. Here, construction workers work on pipelines.

3 posted on 08/24/2006 11:27:21 AM PDT by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: Marius3188

Paging Al "up the creek without one" Gore.


4 posted on 08/24/2006 11:27:57 AM PDT by freedomlover (This tagline has been pulled - - - - OK?)
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To: Marius3188

Tippa canoe and a pipeline too!.......


5 posted on 08/24/2006 11:29:00 AM PDT by Red Badger (Is Castro dead yet?........)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

I was once working on a rig and this guy walked up and wanted us to stop drilling because he said we were working on "pre-historic dirt."


6 posted on 08/24/2006 11:30:45 AM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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7 posted on 08/24/2006 11:30:59 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Thursday, August 10, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Marius3188; SquirrelKing; DollyCali

Neat!

Paddler ping too


8 posted on 08/24/2006 11:34:00 AM PDT by proud_yank (Socialism - An Answer In Search Of A Question For Over 100 Years)
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To: SquirrelKing; ConservativeLawyer; commonerX; proud_yank; kanawa

Way cool! Proof that the ancients were crazy, too.

Thanks for the ping, proud_yank!


9 posted on 08/24/2006 11:51:18 AM PDT by SquirrelKing
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To: GOP_Party_Animal

ROFL! I didn't catch your post before.


10 posted on 08/24/2006 11:52:59 AM PDT by proud_yank (Socialism - An Answer In Search Of A Question For Over 100 Years)
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To: SquirrelKing

No problem.


11 posted on 08/24/2006 11:53:31 AM PDT by proud_yank (Socialism - An Answer In Search Of A Question For Over 100 Years)
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To: edcoil

"I was once working on a rig and this guy walked up and wanted us to stop drilling because he said we were working on "pre-historic dirt."

Words fail me. Did you guys laugh in his face?


12 posted on 08/24/2006 11:56:28 AM PDT by dljordan
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To: dljordan

Milford Haven is the site of a very large petroleum tank farm. It was formerly an oil refinery but the refining system has been closed for several years.


13 posted on 08/24/2006 12:02:16 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: proud_yank; WFTR

Thanks PY.. pinging Bill


14 posted on 08/24/2006 12:09:39 PM PDT by DollyCali (Don't tell GOD how big your storm is -- Tell the storm how B-I-G your God is!)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal
Haven't you ever heard of the archaeologists and pipe layers union?
15 posted on 08/24/2006 12:16:47 PM PDT by 4yearlurker (12th district Freeper.)
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To: DollyCali; WFTR

Do you know that SquirrelKing has a paddler ping list?


16 posted on 08/24/2006 12:28:50 PM PDT by proud_yank (Socialism - An Answer In Search Of A Question For Over 100 Years)
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To: Marius3188

How about a better headline: "Pipeline Construction Uncovers Bronze Age Canoe."


17 posted on 08/24/2006 12:44:33 PM PDT by Larry Lucido ("There's no problem so big that government intervention can't make it worse.")
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To: dljordan

At the very minimum - while we were running him off.


18 posted on 08/24/2006 3:31:39 PM PDT by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: SquirrelKing
Thanks for the ping.

Milford Haven

19 posted on 08/24/2006 4:29:14 PM PDT by kanawa
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To: DollyCali
Thanks for the ping. That's an interesting find. One thing that's interesting about it is that the Welsh were known for using a little boat called a "coracle." (http://www.data-wales.co.uk/coracle1.htm) From the picture and description, this boat isn't a coracle. Maybe that says something about the people who were using it.

The design is simple enough that many people groups could have developed something similar on their own. However, the semblance between the Welsh coracle and the bull boats that some American Indians used on the upper Missouri River was part of why some people once believed that the Mandan Indians were descendants of the Welsh explorer Madoc.

Bill

20 posted on 08/24/2006 7:31:35 PM PDT by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: proud_yank
Do you know that SquirrelKing has a paddler ping list?

I didn't know that. If I can regain my confidence enough to get back in my boat someday, I may have to join. I should also check to see whether anyone is running a herpetoculture list.

Bill

21 posted on 08/24/2006 7:32:57 PM PDT by WFTR (Liberty isn't for cowards)
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To: GOP_Party_Animal
>>>Archaeologists working on a gas pipeline...

That's why the US is great. Here, construction workers work on pipelines.

Make no mistake, American excavations have archaeologists monitoring operations to make sure relics don't get destroyed. Bak in the late '70s, when my mom was an anthropology student, she took part in digs at sites found when MARTA was coming through. Mostly trash piles -- you can learn a lot about people by what they threw away.

There was also an ancient find that temporarily halted construction of a high-rise condo a few years back -- I don't remember the details.

22 posted on 12/08/2007 3:49:08 PM PST by ReignOfError
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To: ReignOfError
Good Lord! You must have an interest in archeology - this thread you dug up is over a year old!
23 posted on 12/08/2007 5:05:33 PM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: GOP_Party_Animal
Good Lord! You must have an interest in archeology - this thread you dug up is over a year old!

That's nothing on the grand scale.

I guess I stumbled upon it when looking for info on the "canoe man," and for got how I'd found it.

24 posted on 12/08/2007 9:24:40 PM PST by ReignOfError
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25 posted on 12/04/2009 7:40:14 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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