Seahenge/ Stonehenge

Since a year or two ago, when self woke up from a dream, wrote it down, and discovered the line break (ha ha ha!), self has been fascinated with Stonehenge. She’s tried writing a poem about it (Come on, did you really think self was going to post it here? Dream on, dear blog readers!) and hunted up articles. She even left a comment about it on saesferd’s blog!

This evening, feeling singularly un-inspired by the thought of a) cooking dinner; and b) grading papers, self turns to an article she found from a 2002 issue of The Smithsonian Magazine. It’s about a place called Seahenge, and the article is accompanied by a beautifully mysterious picture of a ring of half-submerged structures. The picture’s caption says: “Preserved for 4,000 years under a layer of peat moss, Seahenge is the only Bronze Age, timber ritual structure to be found intact. It appeared near Norfolk County, England, in 1998, after North Sea tides uncovered it.”

Norfolk is “the county that juts like a fat paw into the North Sea 120 miles northeast of London.” Seahenge was discovered by “a local beachcomber” who noticed what looked like “a huge, upside-down tree trunk sprouting from the sand, halfway between the high- and low-tide mark.”

The accompanying text (written by David Roberts) states: ” . . . the Seahenge discovery underscores the notion that for all the permanence of stone monuments, equally magnificent monuments crafted out of wood once spread from one end of Britain to the other: wooden tombs, timber circles, standing timbers carved with intricate designs — all vanished but for their vacant postholes.”

When archaeologists lifted the logs out of the water for closer examination, the evidence of “ax marks that had trimmed it” were clearly evident. “Using state-of-the-art laser-scanning techniques, experts identified the fingerprints of some 38 different axes that, remarkably, had been used to hew the timbers of Seahenge.”

It is 7:24 p.m. on a cool evening in November. Self sits on the couch thinking about time and circumstance, the sea and the tides.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers, stay tuned.

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