Mummified pussy cat.

I was walking the town and spotted this outside a building, I’m assuming  someone had been renovating, maybe the foreigners and not knowing that it was a common custom in the past to brick these cats up in walls to keep away evil spirits and witches. Poor thing was just dumped out on the doorstep. Kicking myself really for not taking him to the museum as who knows where he has gone?

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As promised/threatened, a quick post about Flag Fen. This amazing landscape, which lies just outside Peterborough, is the only place in the world where you can see relatively well-preserved remains of a Bronze Age causeway. Wooden posts many metres tall were sunk into the fen and boards laid down between them to allow the local people of c. 3,000 years B.P. to cross from Peterborough to the erstwhile Whittlesey Island. The anoxic, waterlogged soil provided the perfect conditions to preserve over 60,000 timbers, some of which can still be viewed in situ. Votive offerings, including daggers, jewellery, and pebbles from distant beaches, have been found scattered around the causeway, which has led researchers to conclude that the place was a site of religious pilgrimage.

WE PROTEST: 32 leading archaeologists pen letter over controversial speech by Fenland Council Leader Alan Melton

THIRTY two leading archaeologists have written to the Cambs Times and Wisbech Standard protesting at the “shocking and potentially disastrous” plan to ease archaeological surveys on new developments in Fenland.

In an extraordinary protest, co-ordinated by Christopher Evans, executive director of the Cambridge Archaeological Unit at Cambridge University, the archaeologists claim Fenland District Council could be breaking the law if it goes ahead with its proposals.

Their letter questions the legality of the remarks made by Council Leader Alan Melton during his speech at last week’s Fenland building design awards, sponsored by Fenland Council and the Cambs Times/Wisbech Standard. Read more.