Gristhorpe Man: an Early Bronze Age log-coffin burial scientifically defined
Knüsel, Christopher J.
Batt, Catherine M.
Pearson, Mike Parker
A log-coffin excavated in the early nineteenth century proved to be well enough preserved in the early twenty-first century for the fill armoury of modern scientific investigation to give its occupants and contents new identity, new origins and a new date. In many ways the interpretation is much the same as before: a local big man buried looking out to sea. Modern analytical techniques can create a person more real, more human and more securely anchored in history. This research team shows how.
The project has been funded by grants from the British Academy, British Association for the Advancement of Science, Natural Environment Research Council, Royal Archaeological Institute and Scarborough Museums Trust. CJK’s participation in this project was funded by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (RF/6/RFG/2008/0253).
© 2010 Antiquity Publications
Vol. 84, No. 325, pp. 796-815