Brigg 'raft'

This Late Bronze Age boat was found in 1888 at Brigg beside the River Ancholme, in north Lincolnshire, eastern England. It was re-excavated by S. McGrail in 1973-4 and raised for preservation at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

It is dated by C 14 to c. 820-860 BC.

The remains of the boat measured 12.20m long and up to 2.7m wide. Five oak strakes, up to 5cm thick, lying flat were stitched together through holes in the plank edges. The stitches were of split strands of willow (Salix sp.) over a caulking of moss and laths of hazel (Corylus avellana).

Each strake had ten cleats, each with a hole through which oak transverse timbers passed. McGrail reconstructs the boat with a flat bottom and with the missing sides standing vertically. O. Roberts suggests that the hull may have been rounded.

The boat may have been a ferry across the River Ancholme.

The fragmentary remains of the boat are preserved at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Main Publication:

Sean McGrail, The Brigg 'Raft' and her Prehistoric environment, 1981, British Archaeological Reports, British Series 89.

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