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Exercise

The survival of archaeological remains is vital for the interpretation of the past. In this chapter you learned about the many types of archaeological evidence, and some of the ways in which this evidence is preserved.

As explained in the chapter, organic material (such as wood or human remains) is only preserved in the archaeological record under very special conditions. One such special condition is in a waterlogged environment.

In this activity you will use the internet to discover more about the site of Seahenge on England's Norfolk coast. Use the Seahenge Wikipedia page (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seahenge), as well as other sites, to answer the following questions. Be aware that there are a lot of misleading websites concerning Seahenge. Remember to only use reputable sources and be skeptical about what you read. If in doubt, consult the list of rules set out in the online exercise for Chapter 1.

1.

What year and in what season were the trees that make up Seahenge felled? How do archaeologists know this?

2.

How was Seahenge preserved, and how was it discovered in modern times?

3.

Where was Seahenge taken after its discovery? Why was this done and how did the public react to this move?

4.

Was Seahenge a true "henge" like Stonehenge, after which it is named? Would one have been able to see the central stump of Seahenge from outside of the circle?

5.

Is Seahenge now on display?

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