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Neolithic tridents found in extinct river channel


Two wooden tridents dating back to the Neolithic era have been found in an extinct river channel in Northern England.

The two tridents were discovered during the archaeological excavations prior to the construction of the Carlisle Northern Development Route (CNDR), and add to the mystery surrounding identical finds in Cumbria and Northern Ireland around 200 years ago.

Only four other similar tridents exist in the UK and the fact that they have almost identical designs and show a proficiency in woodworking suggests they were made for an accepted purpose. But experts are unsure what that was, with theories including fishing, hunting or agricultural use.

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Story: The Westmorland Gazette | Photo: Carlisle Northern Development Route

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