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Bronze Age Boat Remains Found in Faversham Boat Yard

Written by on 1 October 2015

A rare wooden boat dating to back the Bronze Age has been discovered at a boatyard in Hollow Shore, Faversham.

It was found at the weekend, but quickly returned to the water to prevent it from drying out.

Local archaeologists say the craft is in exceptional condition.

Dr Paul Wilkinson, director of Swat Archaeology, was called by the boatyard owners to reports that an Anglo Saxon boat had been unearthed. But he said it was in fact a Bronze Age vessel.

The remains were found in clay and only half of the craft was lifted, he added.

He said the site still needed to be investigated to find the remaining part of the boat.

The beginning of the Bronze Age in Britain can be put at about 2,000 BC.

During that time newcomers came to Britain from continental Europe where the Bronze Age was under way.

They brought new ideas and also bronze tools and weapons.

True bronze is a combination of 10% tin and 90% copper. Both materials were readily available in Britain at this time.

Picture: Swat Archaeology