Permanent Home Plan for Seahenge
A home for the ancient timber circle is planned in King's Lynn. Proposals to put the ancient Seahenge timber circle on display in Norfolk have been put forward.
The circle, discovered five years ago and at present being conserved at Flag Fen in Cambridgeshire, could form the centrepiece of the redeveloped Lynn Museum in King's Lynn.
The plan would give Seahenge, discovered off the coast of Norfolk at Holme-next-the-Sea near Hunstanton in 1998, a permanent home. Seahenge sat unnoticed and undisturbed off the coast for almost 4,000 years.
But since the timbers were first discovered they have rarely been far from controversy with some people feeling they should stay put.
They were moved to Flag Fen, near Peterborough, where the archaeologists could ensure they were preserved. That work will take at least two more years.
This will give the Lynn Museum time to apply for lottery funding to allow it to display Seahenge. Even then only about a third of the smaller posts would be displayed - along with the central trunk.
The ancient timbers have brought a new perspective to our knowledge of Bronze Age man. Use of 3D laser scanning has revealed the earliest metal tool marks on wood ever discovered in Britain.
Posted by Rhiannon
23rd June 2003ce
Edited 23rd June 2003ce