Bronze Age road found in UKMay 25th, 2009 - 2:32 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 25 (ANI): Archaeologists have discovered a road below Swansea’s shifting foreshore that is said to be from the early Bronze Age.
Brian Price, a member of the Swansea Metal Detecting Club, reported the discovery opposite the Brynmill area to the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust.
The track was woven from narrow branches of oak and alder.
It was covered in a thin layer of brushwood to provide a level walking-surface.
It was found in March when it was uncovered by storms but has since disappeared back under the marine clay.
Scientists sent a sample to the Beta Analytic Radiocarbon Laboratory in Florida, which dated it to around 4,000 years ago.
“During the early Bronze Age the climate was drier and warmer than today and the sea level was significantly lower,” the BBC quoted Andrew Sherman, assistant project officer, as saying.
“The trackway was therefore probably built through a wet, marshy environment.
“Because it has been eroded by the tide it is impossible to tell whether the entire trackway was composed of hurdles, or whether occasional hurdles were laid to cross particularly wet patches of ground,” he added.
The trust said there was very little evidence of Early Bronze Age settlements in the area with lots of funeral and ritual sites such as barrows, cairns and standing stones, but no habitation structures.
“The explanation for this may simply lie in the nature of a nomadic existence, which militates against the construction of substantial dwellings,” Sherman said. (ANI)
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