Latest Somerset Levels Stories

2009-08-13 10:15:00

London's oldest timber structure has been unearthed by archaeologists from Archaeology South-East (part of the Institute of Archaeology at UCL). It was found during the excavation of a prehistoric peat bog adjacent to Belmarsh Prison in Plumstead, Greenwich, in advance of the construction of a new prison building. Radiocarbon dating has shown the structure to be nearly 6,000 years old and it predates Stonehenge by more than 500 years. Jacobs Engineering UK Ltd acted as the managing...

2009-04-19 00:37:58

Rescuing seven cows from a muddy English estuary turned out to be a complicated operation involving 20 firefighters and two hovercraft, officials said. By the time the firefighters arrived Friday afternoon, some of the cows were buried up to their necks in mud, the BBC reported. Investigators said they believe the animals stampeded into the River Parrett in Somerset, possibly frightened by gunfire. More than 20 firefighters were called to the scene. They used ropes and tractors to drag the...

2008-09-02 00:00:12

This time of the year can be very rewarding, even if you're not a steadfast birdwatcher - and if you like to be surrounded by nature of all kinds, then the Somerset Levels are for you. Talking to RSPB site manager Steve Hughes on the day of my latest visit revealed that an osprey had been reported fishing on the lake at Shapwick Heath. I didn't need much of an excuse to try my luck at getting a quality image of this magnificent bird catching fish - but even if that didn't happen there are...

2008-08-28 00:00:23

Humberts has sold two farms in Somerset - Southwick Farm at Mark, and Barton Farm, located close to Cannington. Southwick Farm is a holding of about 156 acres. The ring-fenced farm, which is all laid to pasture, is situated in open countryside two miles from the village of Mark and 10 miles from Glastonbury. Serious interest was shown from both the local and national market. Offered for sale at a guide price of pounds1.75 million, as a whole or in two lots, the farm was quickly sold in...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.