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What is the latest on the Viking longboat under the Railway Inn  car park. I last read that there were plans to 'bring it up'??




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Hello Mike

No there are no plans to dig it up - it would cost millions.  There is a possibility though of making a small entry and obtaining some of the wood for dating.  That needs approval from the various authorities.  Negotiations are currently underway first of all with the Brewery - they seem keen in principle and we are hoping they would fund such an enterprise, but this is only the first step in a lengthy process of red tape.

At all stages we have to make sure this treasure of Wirral - whatever it is - is preserved (& its fine at the moment in the blue clay which is a superb natural preservative for woody structures). 

For the Anoraks there is a book about to be published (which I'm the editor) by the Royal Society of Chemistry on the Stability of Large Carbohydrate & Woody based Structures - which includes a substantial section on Archaeological wood.  It costs over £100 though!

All best,


Steve Harding NCMH Laboratory University of Nottingham LE12 5RD
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