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    Seahenge
    Seahenge is a 4000 years old circle of 55 posts with a central upturned oak root. Thought to be originally 10 feet tall, the timbers are a foot wide beneath the sand and are almost touching.

    Both the circle and the people who built it were long forgotten before the land on which it stood became submerged by the sea. Its existence had vanished even from folk memory until, almost 4,000 years after its construction, the shifting sands off the East Anglian coast moved again to reveal its presence.

    'Seahenge', as the monument was to become known, turned into a minor archaeological cause célèbre as Druids and modern-day pagans organised sit-in protests against English Heritage's decision to remove it from Holme-next-the-Sea and preserve it.

    A second timber circle, also found at Holme, dates back to 2400BC, pre-dating Seahenge by hundreds of years.

    Mike Pitts, editor of British Archaeology, said: “On Holme beach there could be a vast area of ancient landscape preserved under the dunes.”

    Seahenge's timbers have been conserved at Flag Fen, near Peterborough. They are due to go on display at King's Lynn Museum

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