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Cordage: Testing the use of yew withies on a Bronze Age sewn plank boat.

Monday, 1 April, 2013 to Wednesday, 1 May, 2013
Tom Monrad Hansen
Linda Hurcombe
Number of Participants / Visitors / Audience: 
3 researchers and 100 volunteers

As part of the ongoing research theme of cordage, Tom Monrad Hansen explored the use and strength (with the engineering department at the University of Exeter) of withies made from Yew. Tom tested and created the withies (twisted and untwisted) that were used in the reconstruction of a Bronze Age sewn plank boat (part of a joint experimental and community archaeology project between the University of Exeter and The National Maritime Museum, Falmouth). The withies were countersunk in the keel-plank and outer-bottom planks to protect them from damage.


Tom collecting yew
One of the withies
Tom in the Bronze Age sewn plank boat on...