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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.

Ely, Cambridgeshire by Gary J Brothwell
Via Flickr:
Ely Cathedral, viewed from the west tower. The city of Ely sits north of Cambridge in the east anglian fens, it is dominated by its medieval cathedral, sometimes called ‘The ship of the fens’. Ely Cathedral is located in the centre of the historic city and is surrounded by medieval monastic buildings, parkland and meadows. The nave is the third longest in the UK, and the same length as Ely High Street. It’s spectacular roof of painted panels depict The Jesse Tree, and move from Creation to Revelation as you walk from the West End up to the Crossing. The famous Octagon Tower, sometimes referred to as The Lantern, is a wonder of the medieval world and globally recognized as a masterpiece of engineering. A guided tower tour takes you inside the Master Carpenter’s oak Lantern Tower of huge, wooden beams. The masterful coloured panels, designed by George Gilbert Scott, open out allowing a spectacular view onto the Nave floor almost 40 meters below. Completed in 1349, Ely Cathedral’s Lady Chapel is the largest of its kind in the UK. 16:34hrs, Wednesday, 24th June 2015 Camera - Nikon D5000 Lens - Sigma 10-20mm 1:4-5.6 DC