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Our next talk is on THURSDAY 14th March, at 7.00pm, in the Small Hall at the Town Hall.
The society is pleased to welcome back Francis Farr-Cox, who will speaking All About Spiders - how and where they live, with reference to Somerset, plus the origins of arachnology from the 17th century. Love them or hate them, they are intriguing creatures with a wide range of habitats and habits. (Please be aware that there will be some very large images of spiders, so those of an arachnophobic dispossition are advised to appraoch this lecture with caution!).
Below: Martin Lister’s English Spiders. Published in 1678, this book is believed to be the first written and illustrated account of spiders in England.
The Godney Anglo-Saxon Canoe
The canoe is housed in the Tribunal on Glastonbury High Street. Wood samples from the canoe were sent for carbon dating earlier this year. Tests revealed that the canoe is not of Iron Age date as had been previously assumed, but is actually of Anglo-Saxon manufacture. Dating from between the early 6th to early 7th century, it is the only Anglo-Saxon boat to have been found in Somerset.
A paper containing all the latest research on the canoe can be found at the bottom of this page.
(Dr T.F Hopkinson-Ball, Chairman, Glastonbury Antiquarian Society)
The Godney Canoe, photographed soon after its discovery in 1892.
The Godney Canoe today, housed in the Tudor Kitchen at Glastonbury Museum at the Tribunal.