Seahenge

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  • Seahenge
    • Artefacts
      • At least 51 different bronze axe blades were used for felling, end squaring & trimming branches
        • Thought thst each blade could represent a person (show rites of intensification - community worked together)
      • Palisade axe of middle bronze age found near by
    • Comparative arch sites
      • Woodhenge
        • Timber circle
        • Neolithic class 2 henge
        • Part of Stonehenge Heritage site in Wiltshire
        • Inhumation child, seen as a sacrifice to a spirit or deity
      • Isbister
        • Excarnation
      • Maes Howe
        • Blocking stone
    • Site Description
      • Timber palisade circle
        • Consisting of 55 split oak trunks forming an ovoid shape.
      • Within the timber is an upturned (inverted) oak tree stump.
      • Unique site
        • Due to its preservation
          • Coastal site, so rescue excavation
      • Dendrochro.. dating identified when central trunk fell (2050BC) & posts for the circle fell (2049BC)
    • Religious key terms
      • Excarnation (however not really practical (no bones found)
      • Religious specialist  (small entrance)
      • Liminal zone between land and the sea
      • Sensory experience (sand- soft) (light/dark colour)
      • Ritual Structure (possible worship to a spirit)
      • Focus of attention?
      • RItes of intensification
    • Early Bronze Age, timber circle in Norfolk
    • Features
      • 55 posts forming ovoid shape
      • Posts 35 & 37 look like two timbers but are attached (look like a fork branch)(small gap ritual specialist to pass through)
      • Post 36 is placed outside the forked branch (blocking view into the interior) liminal?
      • all posts have bark facing outside of circle apart from one (post 30)
        • This gives a break in texture & colour within the interior and exterior of the circle (sensory experience)
        • Most bark on exterior face of the circle could suggest mimicking of a tree? (animism, tree spirits)
      • central inverted tree stump
        • Pulled into place by using honeysuckle stems
  • Features
    • 55 posts forming ovoid shape
    • Posts 35 & 37 look like two timbers but are attached (look like a fork branch)(small gap ritual specialist to pass through)
    • Post 36 is placed outside the forked branch (blocking view into the interior) liminal?
    • all posts have bark facing outside of circle apart from one (post 30)
      • This gives a break in texture & colour within the interior and exterior of the circle (sensory experience)
      • Most bark on exterior face of the circle could suggest mimicking of a tree? (animism, tree spirits)
    • central inverted tree stump
      • Pulled into place by using honeysuckle stems

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