Dear Friends and Colleagues

What a fantastic team!
I am writing to say a very big thank you on behalf of all of us at Wirral Archaeology CIC, and particularly the Boat project team, for helping to get the backbreaking part of this investigation done.  We are all eagerly awaiting the outcome of the analyses and will of course keep you updated as soon as we can.

In the meantime, a particular thank you note is set out below from our Site Archaeologist Chas Jones :

‘Thank you so  much for your time, energy and ideas last week which allowed us to find our boat.

I had to remove the final cores for laboratory examination once I realised that only the fibres had survived in the wood and I have ordered a spray system to slowly flush the silt that is holding the ‘wood’ in place.

I am quietly confident that this careful work will reveal the shape and a good estimate of the size of our boat.

It was a real challenge to locate it at such a depth, surrounded by so many obstacles and I very much appreciate to way we solved each problem together.

I will let you have the results as soon as they emerge but the fragile nature of the evidence means it will take some time to analyse.

Till then, my sincere thanks. It was a pleasure working with you all.

More anon”

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