"T11e summer of 1999 was once again a busy
1 one. Personal highlights included a trip to Burgundy with the Royal Archaeological Institute looking at Romanesque churches and then the Pilgrimage to Hadrian's Wall where, as we had just produced the magazine to cover it all, I could relax. The Pilgrimage wasfun - even though on the middle day when we visited Housesteads and walked west along the Whinsill Crags - the classic section of the wall - the rain simply poured down and we were all soaked to the skin. Still, we were hardier than the 1906
Pilgrimage when it also rained and the middle day was cancelledcompletely.
Perhaps my most romantic visit was to the so-called Seahenge, the timber circle discovered at low tide down on the sands at Holme-next-the-Sea near Hunstanton in
Norfolk. This is a ring of 55 close-set oak posts, 6'/2 meters in diameter, with an upturned tree trunk at the centre with a preliminary radiocarbon date of 2,000 BC. I
only managed to get there after the timbers had been removed, but it still had an eerie feeling.
Unfortunately the site became controver-
sial as it lay within an SSSI (a Site of Special Scientific Interest where visitors are not encouraged) so the archaeologists were not able to publicise it in their usual way, which made everyone suspicious and various 'druids' moved in. A pity, but the timbers have now been taken to the Flag Fen laboratories and they will soon be tree-ring dated.
The ring of 55 posts was a fairly small one but it was continuous so, as there was no entrance, it was not really a henge. Will the tree-rings reveal that it was all built in a single year? added later? Or were some of the posts
The excavations in progress at Seahenge. Photo:Mark Brennand
Norfolk Archaeological Unit
My main visit was to south east England, an area which I tend to neglect, it being so close to home. But here there has been somewhat of a revival in archaeology with three county societies, Surrey, Sussex and Kent carrying out or sponsoring their own excavations. These are the three societies to which in the 1970s Ivan Margary (author of Roman Roads in Britain) left considerable sums of money, so they are three of the wealthiest societies in British archaeology; it was good
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Left. The new circular Roman temple discovered at Wanborough. Note the entrance passage leading off at the bottom.