The coffin from the Bronze Age (3300-1200 B.C.) was made from an oak tree trunk and measures almost 10 feet long. The man is believed to have had high status, because his body was cushioned with plants and raised over the grave with a gravel mound. The axe is believed to have been more a symbol of authority than a practical tool. The owner of Tetney GC in Lincolnshire, England plans to display a photo of the find in the clubhouse, as a reminder of “all those years that people have been living here working the land; it’s certainly something to think about while you’re playing your way around the course.”
A coffin from the Bronze Age (3300-1200 B.C.) that was found in a golf course pond at the Tetney Golf Club in Lincolnshire, England contains the remains of a 4,000-year-old man, the Insider reported. The man was buried with an axe that has been recovered in a remarkably well-preserved condition, researchers say.
The relic was originally found at the golf course in July 2018 during a spell of hot weather, the Insider reported. It will now be exhibited at the Lincoln Collection Museum after two years of preservation work.
Archaeologists have since established that the coffin, which is 10 feet (3 meters) long, was made from hollowing out an oak tree trunk, the Insider reported.
They also believe that the man in the coffin was high-status, because his body was cushioned with plants and raised over the grave with a gravel mound, the Insider reported.
The axe found alongside the man is another significant discovery because of how well-preserved and rare it is, the Insider reported. It is one of only 12 known to have been discovered in Britain, and experts believe it is more a symbol of authority than a practical tool.
Lindsey Cawrey, from the Lincolnshire county council, told The Guardian that she could not wait to see the ancient relic in the museum’s collection, the Insider reported.
“The preservation of the axe and handle, and the coffin timbers, is astonishing, and we’re looking forward to being able to share the story of the discovery, and the results of the scientific analysis, with researchers and visitors to the museum when the finds are conserved and ready to come to Lincoln,” Cawrey said.
Historic England has given a £70,000 grant towards preservation of what was found, the Insider reported.
Mark Casswell, owner of Tetney Golf Club, told the BBC that his family had never imagined “there was a whole other world there buried under the fields,” the Insider reported.
“It’s amazing how well-preserved the axe is with its handle still there like it was made yesterday,” Caswell said.
“We’ll have a nice photograph of it up on the clubhouse wall, all those years that people have been living here working the land,” he added. “It’s certainly something to think about while you’re playing your way around the course.”