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ARC1DAR Essay: Was the Excavation of Seahenge the Best Outcome for that Site?

by Caroline Seawright
Year 1 Essay for Discovering Archaeology at LaTrobe University, May 2009.

 

Synopsis:
Excavation was the best outcome for Seahenge for three main reasons. Firstly there were concerns about erosion. Had Seahenge been left in situ, little would be left of the site today due to the rapid erosion of the area. Secondly, it was required for new scientific investigations into the construction of the site by the Bronze Age community. Much unique knowledge about how and by whom Seahenge was built, the symbolism of the monument, and the ancient ecosystem has been discovered through investigation after excavation. Thirdly, the salvage excavation had to be completed to be able to preserve the circle for everyone. Now housed in a museum, Seahenge is open for people to learn about and enjoy the monument. For these reasons, it is clear that excavation had to take place and was the best option for the site.

Was the Excavation of Seahenge the Best Outcome for that Site?

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Seawright, C , Was the Excavation of Seahenge the Best Outcome for that Site?, Articles by Caroline Seawright, <http://www.thekeep.org/~kunoichi/ kunoichi/themestream/ ARC1DAR.html>.


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