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Our next talk is on THURSDAY 7th December at 7.00pm, in the Small Hall at the Town Hall.
Bob Croft (South West Heritage Trust) will be talking about Recent Archaeology in Somerset. He will cover a range of projects across the county and bring us right up to date for the year.
Bob was appointed County Archaeologist for Somerset in 1986 and has worked on a wide range of archaeological projects in the county over the past 30 years. They have spanned the discovery of important Roman villas sites through to recent work associated with the development of Hinkley Point power station. Bob is now Head of Historic Environment and Estates for the Trust.
The Godney Anglo-Saxon Canoe
The canoe is housed in the Tribunal on Glastonbury High Street. Wood samples from the canoe were sent for carbon dating earlier this year. Tests revealed that the canoe is not of Iron Age date as had been previously assumed, but is actually of Anglo-Saxon manufacture. Dating from between the early 6th to early 7th century, it is the only Anglo-Saxon boat to have been found in Somerset.
A paper containing all the latest research on the canoe can be found at the bottom of this page.
(Dr T.F Hopkinson-Ball, Chairman, Glastonbury Antiquarian Society)
The Godney Canoe, photographed soon after its discovery in 1892.
The Godney Canoe today, housed in the Tudor Kitchen at Glastonbury Museum at the Tribunal.