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An inscribed stone anchor from Dorset

Wednesday 16th July 2014

“A stone anchor bearing an inscribed symbol has been found on the seabed in Dorset. The anchor was lying at a depth of 15 m, approximately 150 m from the rock-bound shore of the western side of St Aldhelm’s (or St Alban’s) Head, at the foot of a rocky reef which slopes out from the shore. The seabed here is almost horizontal smooth rock with a thin covering of silty sand generally between 2 cm and 5 cm deep, so that the anchor, which lay almost flat on the sea bed, is well preserved on one face. When found, the apex of the anchor was pointing westwards, away from the rocks. This may not be its original position, as much larger rocks within the reef are occasionally moved by violent weather. However, the extremely good state of preservation of the front face and the poor condition of the back suggest strongly that it has always been this way up. No other archaeological material is visible in the area.”

An extract from Mike Markey’s article in The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology. You can read the full article here.

Image via dorsetforyou.com / Flickr.

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