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Somerset Historic Environment Record

23805

Site Name: Neolithic longbow find, Meare Heath
Civil Parish: Meare
Grid Ref: ST 4393 4039 (ST 44 SW)
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The public accessibility of this site is unknown or has not been checked. Please ask locally and do not visit without permission. [Information last updated on 21 May 2003]

Details:

The well preserved remains of a broken Neolithic long-bow of yew was found on 1st June 1961 by Mr M Spencer 8ft deep in peat diggings, about 360 yards NW of the old Eclipse Peat Works. Examination and reconstruction showed that it had an original length of 6ft 3ins, had been bound with thread at the extremities, presumably of animal gut, and was bound with approximately 16 leather bands and oblique thongs. The techniques of peat stratigraphy, pollen analysis and radio carbon test all confirmed a Neolithic date c2690+-120 BC. {1}

References:

1 Detailed records - Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division 1966 ST44SW5 (SCC Planning Department)
2 Mention - Illustrated London News Feb 10th 1962
3 Mention - Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society 1963 vol 29, 50-9 and 90-1
4 Museum accession number - CAMUMAA

Record created in July 1985

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