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Gristhorpe Man: an Early Bronze Age log-coffin burial scientifically defined

Melton, Nigel; Montgomery, Janet; Knüsel, Christopher J.; Batt, Cathy; Needham, Stuart; Pearson, Mike Parker; Sheridan, Alison; Heron, Carl; Horsley, Tim; Schmidt, Armin; Evans, Adrian; Carter, Elizabeth; Edwards, Howell; Hargreaves, Michael; Janaway, Rob; Lynnerup, Niels; Northover, Peter; O'Connor, Sonia; Ogden, Alan; Taylor, Timothy; Wastling, Vaughan; Wilson, Andrew

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Nigel Melton

Christopher J. Knüsel

Cathy Batt

Stuart Needham

Mike Parker Pearson

Alison Sheridan

Carl Heron

Tim Horsley

Armin Schmidt

Adrian Evans

Elizabeth Carter

Howell Edwards

Michael Hargreaves

Rob Janaway

Niels Lynnerup

Peter Northover

Sonia O'Connor

Alan Ogden

Timothy Taylor

Vaughan Wastling

Andrew Wilson


A log-coffin excavated in the early nineteenth century proved to be well enough preserved in the early twenty-first century for the full armoury of modern scientific investigation to give its occupants and contents new identity, new origins and a new date. In many ways the interpretation is much the same as before: a local big man buried looking out to sea. Modern analytical techniques can create a person more real, more human and more securely anchored in history. This research team shows how.


Melton, N., Montgomery, J., Knüsel, C. J., Batt, C., Needham, S., Pearson, M. P., …Wilson, A. (2010). Gristhorpe Man: an Early Bronze Age log-coffin burial scientifically defined. Antiquity, 84(325), 796-815.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Sep 1, 2010
Deposit Date Apr 18, 2012
Publicly Available Date Aug 3, 2011
Journal Antiquity
Print ISSN 0003-598X
Electronic ISSN 1745-1744
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 84
Issue 325
Pages 796-815
Keywords Gristhorpe, Early Bronze Age, Log-coffin burials, Elite status, Radiocarbon dating, Stable isotope, Metallurgy, Femur.


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