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5,000-year-old Black Oak tree unearthed in Britain

England, Sep 28 () : The giant oak-tree trunk unearthed from Norfolk field in England is thought by the experts to be over 5000-years old.

The Fenland Black Oak otherwise called as bog oak, which is 13.4m (44ft) was found under the soil in a farm land near Downham Market at Methwold Hythe.

Planks of the trunk are cut and will be dried in a kiln for about seven months. The trunk will be kept for public display providing the public an insight to the greatness of this ancient giant forest, a spokesman said.

When the trunk is dry, it is considered to be the world’s most expensive tropical hardwood and also one among the rarest kinds of timber in England.

Experts said the unearthed Norfolk black oak trunk is the largest whole 5,000-year-old trunk found ever of an olden giant oak. They also say it might be only a part – possibly only a quarter portion of the original tree.

Giant oaks trees died before 7000 years when sea level raised relatively high that caused the rivers to back stream and flood the fenlands. Trees perished and then they tumbled in the mud of forest floor which later led to their preservation.

Hamish Low, specialists of Adamson and Low told that the oak trunk is so special that it is very intact and is 44ft long. It is impossible to tell how long Black Oaks of Fenland will continue to come out of soil with its inherent fragility and so this big piece is a worthy one to preserve for the nation’s interest.

Experts spent a day to unearth the trunk on Tuesday and to mill the trunk to 10 planks and transport the wood for drying to London.

On working for the Diamond Jubilee Fenland Black Oak Project, Low in collaboration with the Worshipful Company of Carpenters lead by a team of apprentice carpenters will create a 44 ft. table from the dried oak with the objective of displaying it on a show to the public.

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