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Sunday, 17 June 2012

Back together after break of 4,000 years

A 4,000-YEAR-OLD beaker found in fragments during the dualling of the A46 has been put back together.

The Bronze Age item is expected to go on show next year in a Notts museum alongside other artefacts which have been dug up.

It was discovered in dozens of pieces in an ancient grave close to the road at Stragglethorpe when the area was being investigated by archaeologists ahead of the of the road-building scheme.

It was handed to pottery specialists at Cotswold Wessex Archaeology, who have pieced the delicate beaker together again.

Andy Crockett, project director at Cotswold Wessex Archaeology, said: "Newark Museums have provisionally indicated their willingness to accept the archive of finds and paper records from the archaeological excavations undertaken in advance of the construction of the new A46 dual carriageway.

"We would hope this might include display of some items, including the beaker, though this will probably require permanent professional reconstruction for that purpose. The transfer will be undertaken upon completion of all reports, which is scheduled for 2013."

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