2009 did not live up to its usual warmth
and the accompanying high definition
of light and shade. The wood was still,
with a light breeze blowing in from
Glastonbury Tor as a reminder of the
antiquity of the Levels. Even the occasional
car passing did not disturb the intense
concentration of those gathered around.
The mood was one of anticipation; something
almost surreal was about to take place.
|Everyone there must
have been trying to 'feel' a picture
of the life our young woman might have
enjoyed in 1660 BC. The beacon would
not have been so densely afforested.
In fact it might have been quite bare.
The views would have been wide and long.
A place of sanctuary and comfort; of
a community that we all long to rediscover
in our own lives.
|Peter Leach the archaeologist
responsible for the original dig brought
the urn containing the cremated remains
to its final resting place.
|Nick Inns, the potter
who oversaw the reproduction of the
urn made a round plaque to be placed
in the neck of the vessel which was
passed around for all to see. The wording
read “Cremated remains of a young
woman aged 18 – 25 buried here
about 1600BC excavated and reburied
|The original capping
stone was placed over the urn as Stephen
Britten read a passage from Ecclesiastes
and flowers were laid on the mound.
| Those who attended
the construction of the Urn at Shute
Farm Studio were, in their mind's eye,
remembering the magical moment when
they put their thumbprint on the decorative
urn may be viewed at Wells Musem.
about the excavation and recreation
of the Urn