Archaeological worries over barrage plan in Wales
- Archaeological worries over barrage [dam] plan WalesOnline, Mar 28 2009
IRREPLACEABLE treasures dating back millions of years will be lost if
plans to build the Severn Barrage go ahead, experts have warned.
Creating the 10-mile structure across the Severn Estuary could lead to a
catastrophic rise in its tide levels, which one of Wales' leading
academics has warned will "drown" ancient relics buried deep within the
waters. The estuary is home to some of the country's and the world's
best-loved archaeological finds, including the remains of Iron Age
settlements and the prehistoric footprints. It is one of only two sites
on Earth that offers a rare glimpse into life millions of years ago
before modern civilisations developed. Professor Simon Haslett, who made
the claims, said that building the unique tidal power system could cause
the upstream sea levels to rise by around three metres.