Bronze Age building saved from erosion by sea (UK)





Bronze Age structure thought to have been used as a sauna has been saved from destruction by the sea after a team of archaeologists moved the entire find to a safer location. The building, which dates from between 1500 BCE and 1200 BCE, was unearthed on the Shetland island of Bressay (Scotland) eight years ago. It was found in the heart of the Burnt Mound at Cruester, a Bronze Age site on the coast of Bressay facing Lerwick. But earlier this summer, because of the increased threat of coastal erosion, local historians joined archaeologists to launch a campaign to save the building and to move it somewhere safer.

A third of the mound had already been lost to sea erosion. The central structure was carefully dismantled and each stone numbered before being moved to a site a mile way next to Bressay Heritage Centre.



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