The County Archeologist tells me that the timbers found on the marsh in Trench 79 are definitely not a boat. Oxford Archaeology are recording the exposed wood and surrounding deposits and taking samples for Carbon 14 dating – which is excellent news. The wood in question sits below the top of the silt layer and this suggests to me that it must have arrived there before the Combe Haven was closed to the sea (1294) making the wood either Norman, Roman or part of the Bronze Age settlements referred to in my book – confirming the major importance of this valley in heritage terms. If the timbers are not part of a boat they must form part of a causeway or settlement that entered the marsh like at Shinewater down the coast. The answer will of course be confirmed by the date. The location is directly opposite Bynes Farm Boomery site (within only 300 yds) which may explain why Roman may also be on the map of possibilities. Proper archaeology standing on this road route that should not be built over. If they are prepared to build over this sort of archaeology they will build over anything.
It has been reported that medieval boat timbers have been found by Oxford Archeology on the A259 road route in the Combe Haven valley – opposite Byne Farm. These must be pre 1294 the date when the great storm when the valley was closed to the sea – stay tuned.
Response to a question I posed asking if the planned metal detect at Battle Abbey had taken place:
No Nick – last we heard was that a Professor was looking into it all. On speaking with him by e-mail the Prof neither confirmed or denied this but I did learn that examination of a battle site is sometimes to take a metre square soil samples and examine in great detail rather than use detectors. I guess if something is found we will all hear about it and if its negative we will hear nothing.
On a different note – we were asked to search land at Battle Abbey Farm, approximately one half mile from Battle Abbey as the crow flies. Certainly no sign of Saxon or Norman at this present moment in time.
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