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prehistoric root system in the excavation field. © Nathalie Cohen
prehistoric root system in the excavation field. © Nathalie Cohen

Prehistoric forest discovered near London

Oct 1998

A mile and a half of Neolithic prehistoric forest has been discovered on the south bank of the Thames at Erith on the outskirts of south-east London. The crumbling remains of oak, ash, alder, Scots pine, and yew are thought to date from the Neolithic, and to represent a wooded island between two channels … Bronze Age pottery has been found overlaying the forest remains, and an early Neolithic wooden club, made of oak, about 2ft 6in long, which has been radiocarbon-dated to 3630-3350BC. The excavations of the Thames Archaeological Survey are directed by Mike Webber.

source: British Archaeology, Oct 1998

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