Archaeologists uncover 'best preserved' Bronze Age houses
An archaeological dig in Cambridgeshire has unearthed the “best preserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found in Britain”, experts say. Large circular wooden houses built on stilts above water, dating between 1200-800 BC, were uncovered at Must Farm quarry in Whittlesey, East Anglia.
The roof of one of the round houses was charred, suggesting a fire forced the inhabitants out of the settlement to leave their belongings behind in haste. The hamlet is then thought to have collapsed into the water below before being buried in silt.
Archaeologists say the find is unique due to the near-perfect preservation of organic material such as wood and textile. Pots with meals inside and finely woven clothing were found, as well as “exotic” glass beads from a necklace, hinting at a sophistication not usually associated with the Bronze Age. Read more.