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September 8 2012

Bronze Age pottery sherd from Isles of Scilly could be earliest British depiction of a boat


More than most archaeological periods from pre-history, Britainís Bronze Age is constantly being re-assessed as archaeologists and historians find new evidence of its richness and complexity.

Now the boundaries of what we know about this increasingly sophisticated period are being pushed even further by a small pottery sherd which is currently on display at the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall.

The piece of pottery was found during archaeological excavations of a Late Bronze Age roundhouse on St Agnes, on the Isles of Scilly, in 2009, and some archaeologists believe it clearly shows etched lines that resemble a sailing ship.

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