Maritime Archaeology Trust
The 2019 fieldwork season has made an exciting new discovery at Bouldnor Cliff: a new feature, constructed of over 60 pieces of split and trimmed timbers, some of which are up to a metre long. Many were converted from the edge of a large tree. The timbers were laid in a position covering an area approximately 1m by 2m, although evidence of other structures can be seen in the adjacent seabed. Three layers of flattened worked pieces were placed on top of horizontal round-wood that ran underneath and perpendicular to the main structure. The feature appears to be a platform. It would have formed a solid surface or hard standing in its wetland setting, being close to a stream that ran down from the Isle of Wight.
Inspection in May 2019 revealed that this feature had only recently become exposed as it was not seen in 2018. The ongoing erosion meant we had to record and recover it or lose this unique piece of our past forever. A photomosaic, pre-disturbance survey, of the site was taken at the outset before the different elements of the structure were tagged. Further images were collected as the timbers were removed and white string was used to help define the blackened wood against the blacker peat. This has helped with the reconstruction following recovery. The lower layer of the structure can be seen in the image below. This challenging work was achieved by the MAT team with the help of many Friends of the Trust.
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