Find Spot record MLI60478 - Dug-Out Boat, Branston Island


Part of a dug-out boat, found in 1976 on Branston Island.

Type and Period (1)

  • (Bronze Age - 2200 BC to 801 BC)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

A portion of the bottom and side of a dug-out boat was found in September 1976, during polughing at Branston Island ('Branston 3'). The fragment measured approximately 7ft 6" by 2ft. The remainder may still be in the peat. {1}{2} The Branston Island boat consisted of two fragments from the bottom and bilge totalling approximately 2.25m by 0.6m, with a maximum bottom thickness of 0.12m. No constructional features were visible, other than the shape of the bilges which suggested that it was made by cutting off a slice of the log at approximately one third of the way up to form a flat bottom, and utilizing the natural curvature of the log to form bilges, while the gunwales were formed by again slicing off the 'sides' to a near vertical position. Samples were taken for radiocarbon dating. {3}{4}

Sources/Archives (4)

  •  Index: Lincolnshire County Council. Sites and Monuments Record Card Index. TF 17 SW: L.
  •  Photograph: 1976. Photograph of dug-out boat from Branston Island. P5/77/1-2.
  •  Article in Serial: A.J. White (ed.). 1977. 'Archaeology in Lincolnshire and South Humberside, 1976' in Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. vol.12, p.79.
  •  Bibliographic Reference: A.J. White. 1978. Dug-out Boats from Lincolnshire and South Humberside.



Grid reference TF 103 709 (point) Estimated from sources

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Record last edited

Mar 21 2021 8:35PM


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