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Thursday, 20 July 2017
Southampton Water fish trap dated to Saxon times
The trap was found by chance close to the Fawley oil refinery by archaeology students more than 10 years ago.
A timber fishing trap exposed on the Hampshire coast dates back to Saxon times, it has been confirmed.
The weir, built as a permanent wooden structure to catch fish as the tide ebbed, was found by chance on the shore of Southampton Water in 2005.
Radiocarbon dating has shown it was built in the 8th or 9th centuries.
Experts from Exeter University said the results were "thrilling" and provided new insights into the process of coastal erosion in the area.
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David Beard MA, FSA, FSA Scot
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