“It will be quite like a big jigsaw puzzle,” he said in a video posted on the trust’s website. One end of the coffin is 2.4 meters — nearly eight feet — long and weighs half a ton, Mr. Panter said. The whole coffin is about three meters long and one meter wide, according to the trust.
The coffin and the ax will eventually be displayed at the Collection, an art and archaeology museum in Lincolnshire, not far from the golf course, according to Historic England. The remains of the man will stay “in curated care” and are unlikely to be displayed, Dr. Willmott said.
He added that the bones of the man reveal that he was 5-foot-9 — “quite tall” for that era — and that he most likely died in his late 30s or early 40s.
The bones also showed evidence of osteoarthritis, the “result of heavy work rather than old age,” Dr. Willmott said.
“He would have looked like he went to the gym,” he said.
The burial he received strongly suggested that the man was an important figure in his community, Dr. Willmott said.
“To make a log coffin is a bit of complicated technology,” he said.
A gravel mound was constructed over the coffin, which would have required the efforts of many people, not just family members, Dr. Willmott said.