Compartment 22 on the River Chet has been the setting of the latest archaeological find by the BFAP team. One of our excavator drivers noticed some timber remains in the ground during the excavation of a new soke dyke. The Project archaeologist was brought in to investigate and confirmed it was a boat of some antiquity so an archaeological excavation was undertaken.
The oak plank boat is thought to date from the late medieval period (1400 to 1600). Examination of the soil around the boat indicates that it was laying in an old river channel, probably an old course of the River Chet or one of its earlier tributaries. This is an extremely rare and important discovery as no boats of this date have previously been found in Norfolk.
Paul Mitchelmore, the Environment Agency’s Project Manager noted that ’this is the latest of several interesting archaeological finds encountered during the Broadland Flood Alleviation Project. We are very pleased to be helping to provide an insight into life of the past in the Broads at the same time as working for the future of the area through our flood defence works.’
For more information about this find click here to read the supporting article by Project archaeologist Heather Wallis.