Remains of a fishtrap dated back to Saxon times

Remains of a wooden fishtrap that were discovered 12 years ago on the Hampshire coast at Southampton Water, Untied Kingdom, were radiocarbon dated revealing it was made between the 8th-9th centuries.

The structures found at the site (by Exeter University)

The structure consists of 70-metre long rows of wooden pegs and is located close to the Fawley oil refinery. Samples of wood taken from the site revealed that the structure was built between 680-896 AD. The discovery has allowed historians to map changes to the shoreline over 1,000 years as it was covered by advancing saltmarsh which later retreated, gradually exposing the structure over the past century, and highlighted the level of erosion in Southampton Water over the last few decades.

Tiber taken from the site (by Exeter University)

(after Exeter University & BBC News)

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