It will be coming to The Collection soon
The Collection Museum in Lincoln will soon be home of an incredibly rare wooden coffin, dating back to the Bronze Age, that was found with the remains of a man inside at a golf course in Lincolnshire.
The incredible find was made at Tetney Golf Club in July 2019, during works to a pond on the course after a spell of hot weather.
The log coffin and its contents – the remains of a man who had been buried with an axe – is thought to date back around 4,000 years to the Bronze Age.
Around 65 early Bronze Age log coffins have been found in Britain, and it is rare for them to survive. | Photo: Historic England
It is slightly longer than a telephone box, standing at around three metres long and one metre wide, and was made from hollowing out a tree trunk, with plants used to cushion the body.
A gravel mound was raised over the grave, a practice that could only be afforded to people with high status within society during the Bronze Age.
The artefacts were put into cold storage for a year to be assessed before being moved to York Archaeological Trust to undergo preservation work.
An incredibly rare axe was also found in good condition inside the coffin. | Photo: Historic England
Once this work is complete it will all be moved to the Collection Museum in Lincoln, offering a remarkable piece of history right here in our county.
The axe that was found is thought to be extremely rare, with only 12 known from Britain, and it is even more astonishing that the wooden haft has survived over the years along with the stone head.
Archaeologists are suggesting the axe is more a symbol of authority than a practical tool, and the coffin suggests the person buried was of high social standing.
The coffin was created by carving a fast-growing oak tree, and likely used by someone of high social status. | Photo: Historic England
Tim Allen, of Historic England, said: “The man buried at Tetney lived in in a very different world to ours but like ours, it was a changing environment, rising sea levels and coastal flooding ultimately covered his grave and burial mound in a deep layer of silt that aided its preservation.
“It took teamwork from everyone involved plus grant funding from Historic England to make sure the opportunity wasn’t lost. Bronze Age log coffins are rare and for them to survive after their discovery is even rarer.  Once the wet wood was out of the ground there wasn’t long to react.”
The axe, along with the coffin, will be taken to the Collection Museum in Lincoln once preservation works are complete. | Photo: Historic England
Speaking about the coffin soon coming to the Collection Museum, councillor Lindsey Cawrey, executive councillor for culture at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “This is such an exciting find for Lincolnshire and I can’t wait to welcome it to our museum collection.
“The preservation of the axe and handle, and the coffin timbers, is astonishing, and we’re looking forward to being able to share the story of the discovery, and the results of the scientific analysis, with researchers and visitors to The Collection Museum when the finds are conserved and ready to come to Lincoln.  We’ll be able to provide access to these important finds for future generations.”
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A 54-year-old man has sadly died
We are saddened to report that a 54-year-old man has died following a collision on the A1175 today (24 December).
We were called to reports that a lorry had been in collision with a pedestrian between Hop Pole and Deeping St Nicholas at 11.17am.
Despite the best efforts of those on scene, the pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. His next of kin have informed.
The driver of the lorry is not reported to be injured.
The road remains closed while initial investigations are carried out and we would ask that people avoid the area for the next several hours.
We are now appealing for witnesses to the collision to get in touch. We would be particularly keen to view any dashcam footage which may have captured the incident.
If you can help, please contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU) via email on [email protected] quoting incident number 154 of 24 December.
Councillors who found themselves in hot water this year
Councillors have attracted attention of different reasons
They say there’s no such thing as bad publicity, but not all of the Lincolnshire councillors on this list would agree with that.
They made headlines for a variety of reasons this year, relating to everything from fraud and public outcry to dog poo and sausages.
One councillor was forced to resign over his comments, and others have issued apologies.
Meanwhile, another is enjoying her fame on Mock The Week repeats.
Here are some of the most memorable headlines involving council members from 2022.
South Kesteven District Councillor Dr Peter Moseley. | Image: SKDC
Councillor Dr Peter Moseley resigned from South Kesteven District Council after he accused Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of “going all Hitler on the population” with the introduction of vaccine mandates, saying he is “holding an entire country hostage.”
The Conservative councillor also tweeted the UK government were “bullying schoolchildren” over vaccinations.
Moseley was suspended from the South Kesteven Conservative Group, and spent a brief time as an independent before resigning.
He continued to stand by what he said, stating: “I make no apology for my comments. I have received literally hundreds of emails of support from around the world.
“The offended councillors have made the issue much bigger than it needs be for their own political reasons.”
Jill Makinson-Sanders’ famous moment as a sausage for the Olympic Torch Relay was memorialised in the final live episode on Friday.
A Louth councillor made the final episode of Mock the Week in honour of her memorable cameo.
Councillor Jill Makinson-Sanders dressed as a giant sausage for the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay to promote the Lincolnshire sausage.
It was picked up by the BBC comedy show, who joked the costume looked like “a massive penis”.
However, host Dara Ó Briain was offended by the suggestion he also had a strong resemblance.
“It does not look like me! My arms do not start above my chin,” he protested.
Councillor Makinson-Sanders said she didn’t mind her unexpected fame, saying it had become a running joke.
“I am always getting stopped in Louth by people saying they have seen me again,” she said.
Councillor Malcolm Lamb says he never thought he would be an irresponsible dog owner | Photo: Submitted
A Louth town councillor apologised after he was caught on camera not picking up after his dog.
Councillor Malcolm Lamb was walking his pet when it pooed on a family’s doorstep.
After finding the unexpected present, they checked their doorbell camera to see what had happened.
Councillor Lamb said he was shocked to see the footage and simply hadn’t been paying attention.
“It certainly is a pretty good example of the problem the area has with a small minority of dog owners – I never imagined I would be one of them,” he said.
He has apologised, and said he should have cleaned it up.
Councillor Colin Davie clarified what he had meant by the comments
A senior council leader became embroiled in an argument over ageism after complaining that young people were leaving the East Coast.
Councillor Colin Davie had originally said the coast was “haemorrhaging young people” who “don’t come back normally until their 40s”.
He said much of the population was “economically inactive, retirees and people who want to live on the coast, who contribute nothing but then who need services.”
David Summers, a former town councillor, said the quotes were ageist and implied that elderly people were a burden.
Councillor Davie apologised if his comments had been unclear, saying elderly people “make a valuable contribution to our local area – both economically and in terms of making this part of Lincolnshire a great place to be.”
Former West Lindsey District Council Leader Giles McNeill appearing in court last year
A convicted fraudster councillor was released after serving just four months of his 14 month prison sentence.
Giles McNeill, the former leader of West Lindsey District Council, was jailed for stealing more than £30,000 from Conservative party funds.
The court heard his gambling addition led him to cash £20,000 in forged cheques and pocket £9,365 in cash from the Conservative party, including payments to attend a Boris Johnson speech.
However, he was released in March to the anger of his former colleagues.
Councillor Jackie Brockway (Conservative) said she was shocked by the release saying: “To let him out at this stage is a slap in the face.
“He was a public leader, he stole from us, and I do feel with elected councillors the bar is set higher than it is for other people.”
He has kept a low profile since his release and hasn’t made the news.
Councillor Ashley Baxter.
Councillor Ashley Baxter (Alliance SK) has been censured after a hearing found that he had breached the Code of Conduct during a ‘heated conversation’.
The South Kesteven District councillor was reprimanded for how he spoke to a council officer following a meeting in March.
Councillor Baxter says he regretted his tone and had already apologised twice. As a result of the hearing, he will be censured on the council website and required to go on a training course.
Council leader Kelham Cooke said it was “extremely disappointing” to hear about the conduct.
A second complaint against Councillor Baxter was made on the behalf of the entire Conservative group at the same meeting. This wasn’t upheld by the hearing, who noted that the meeting was unusually disorganised.
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