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The Enigma of the Destruction of Colhuw Port, Wales

P. Davies and A. T. Williams
Geographical Review
Vol. 81, No. 3 (Jul., 1991), pp. 257-266
DOI: 10.2307/215630
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/215630
Page Count: 10
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The Enigma of the Destruction of Colhuw Port, Wales
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Abstract

Remains of a small south Wales port exist some two hundred meters offshore from the present Liassic rock cliffs. The abandonment can be related to fifteenth- and sixteenth-century storm sequences associated with the climatic deterioration of the period. The offshore location can be explained within the known rates of cliff recession of six to eight centimeters a year in this area of geological weakness and high wave energy. Radiocarbon dating of oak pile remnants of the port structure varies from 1400 ± 95 to 1574 ± 30, and this range is indicative of a succession of repair work undertaken at the end of the port's operational life.

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