Picture through York archeology

In Tetney Golf Club Lincolnshire North West England In the summer of 2018, work was done on one of the ponds. Then they noticed something sitting at the bottom of it.

£ 70,000 (US $ 96,600) scholarship Historic English and many excavations later, the rescue mission revealed a coffin made of a hollow tree trunk dating back nearly 4,000 years to the Bronze Age.

This coffin dimensions about three meters (9.8 feet) and meters (3.3 feet) wide. The tree trunk was halved longitudinally and then hollowed out before the body was placed inside.

Then the plants –berry spruce and juniper leaves have so far been identified – they have been softened, as explained by the organization responsible for conservation work, York Archeology.

Inside the archaeologists found the remains of a man buried neatly next to an almost perfectly preserved ax.

After burial a gravel was raised above the coffin, the organization’s blog post notes. This suggests that the buried person maintained a high status, as was the custom for important figures in Bronze Age society.

This was beyond to prove an ax that seemed to be more of a “symbol of authority” than a weapon. A very rare find, with only 12 known in the UK so far, makes it even more unique, as its wooden base survived alongside the headstone.


Picture through York archeology

Because of the wood the tendency to deteriorate rapidly as soon as it was exposed to oxygen and natural substances, it was a race against time to ensure it did not crumble. Only 64 other tree trunk coffins are known in the country to date due to their fragile shape.

In progress before the restoration, it had spent a year in cold storage to make sure it didn’t break down until the researchers had done it.

Dr. Hugh Wilmott, A senior lecturer in European historical archeology at the University of Sheffield states in his blog post that he was close in luck with staff and archeology students. They had accidentally worked in research and training excavations.

“This was a a great learning experience for our students to see what can be achieved at short notice. I’m so glad the Department of Archeology at the University of Sheffield was able to step up and help, ”he says.


Picture through York archeology

Once in the coffin and the ax has been preserved in York archeology, they are transferred to the Lincolnshire Collection Museum, where the discovery was made.

Comes too be a “nice photo” of an ax on a clubhouse wall back with a golf club, owner Mark Casswell says. “It’s definitely something to think about when you play on the track.”

[via The Guardian, images via York Archaeology]

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