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The Oldest Road on Mersea Island? A free CITiZAN lecture

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Mersea Island School

Barfield Road

Colchester

CO5 8QX

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In December 2016, local oysterman Daniel French stumbled across something out of the ordinary laying on the Mersea mud flats. A cluster of three, large timber planks covered in mud were resting atop a scatter of twigs and sticks. Whilst the Mersea muds are covered in plenty of pieces of wood and stakes sticking out of the ground, this seemed particularly odd in that it looked like it had been laid there deliberately. But how could that be, given that it was over 500m offshore?

Working in partnership with Historic England, Colchester Borough Council and Archaeology South East, the Coastal and InterTidal Zone Archaeological Network (CITiZAN) and their incredible Mersea volunteer team set off onto the mudflats to explore. What they discovered was nothing short of remarkable. Over the last 6 months a range of scientific testing on the timbers and the muds around them has been taking place, and now the results are in. Join us for this free evening lecture to discover the story of The Oldest Road on Mersea Island.

19:00 Arrival and wine reception

19:10 Welcome and an introduction to the CITiZAN project

19:30 The Oldest Road on Mersea Island

20:15 Fieldwork update – results of current work on West Mersea

20:30 Monitoring Mersea – future work on the island and how to get involved

20:45 Close

PLEASE NOTE: For the evening of this event access to Mersea school is via Kingsland Road through the car park gate.

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Colchester

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