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Posted on 08/28/2005 5:10:07 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Built in A.D. 804, the 533-foot-long, 17-foot-wide oak span supported a roadway leading to the nearby monastery and village of Clonmacnoise. The size of the bridge suggests technical know-how and a large, skilled workforce. It also indicates the area was more economically and politically advanced than previously assumed. An underwater team led by Aidan O'Sullivan found the remains in 1996 after reading about the bridge in twelfth-century Irish annals... a bronze liturgical basin decorated with ribbing and dating from the eighth or ninth centuries. About 12 inches across, the basin was badly damaged. It was possibly lost on the bridge during a raid on the monastery, perhaps by the Vikings, says O'Sullivan. The four or five known basins of similar design were all uncovered in Viking graves.
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Sad they're always putting down the skills of past generations.
I'm having a hard time believing this
Flisa Bru Hedemark - Norway, completed 2002 using modern techniques and laminated wood - the 233' main span is still less than half that.
More and more, the archaeological evidence shows that the legends are true: Human civilization has risen to a peak and then collapsed over and over again.
The Greeks building machines that Leonardo himself couldn't reverse engineer, the Phonecians running coke across the Atlantic so the Pharoahs could enjoy their blow, the Egyptians messing around with electricity- it goes on and on.
Thanks for the ping. Interesting, that anything would be left of it after all this time.
The difference is, it wasn't a clear-span, it was more like a dock built to cross.
here's a couple more GGG topics which may be of interest:
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Posted on 08/21/2005 1:38:08 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
Hi SunkenCiv, I see on your FReeper page you have a book on Spartans you have reviewed. I recommend the book listed below too, Gates of Fire which is also on Thermopylae and the Spartans. I truly enjoyed it. JM
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