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Ninth century fishing trap found in southern England

A 500-foot-long timber fishing trap which dates back to the 8th or 9th centuries has been found in southern England.

A timber fishing trap exposed on the Hampshire coast dates back to Saxon times, it has been confirmed.

The weir, built as a permanent wooden structure to catch fish as the tide ebbed, was found by chance on the shore of Southampton Water in 2005.

Radiocarbon dating has shown it was built in the 8th or 9th centuries.

Experts from Exeter University said the results were “thrilling” and provided new insights into the process of coastal erosion in the area.

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Story: BBC News | Photo: Exeter University

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