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Mark Knight, site director of the excavation, said: “We are, effectively, for the first time in British history about to go inside a Bronze Age roundhouse.
“We’re going to go inside a Bronze Age home, we’re going to see what’s in there, what they were wearing, what they were eating on the day of the fire.
“We’ll understand what the world they lived in looked like, what it smelt like. It’s a world we’ve dreamed about getting into. Here we have it in that space.”
“There were a couple of exploration digs in 2006, and then we started this bigger dig in August last year. It is due to finish in April.
“We have found bronze tools and weapons, which give us a snapshot of what life was like. We have also found textiles, and we can even tell what garments they were for. Normally with textiles you are lucky if you find pieces the size of a fingernail.
originally posted by: Flavian
I was also struck by the comments on the geology - it was wetland, dry land, wetland again.....and so on. Makes you wonder what was influencing that (i didn't think this location was part of the Fens?).
The team is currently about half-way through the eight-month dig to uncover the secrets of the site and the people who lived there.
Although they are in the very early stages of examining the house interior, the quality and quantity of what has been uncovered so far has left archaeologists "very excited".
The site has the "potential for more uncommon household objects including tools, cutlery and even furniture," they said.
A complete Bronze Age wheel believed to be the largest and earliest of its kind found in the UK has been unearthed.
The 3,000-year-old artefact was found at a site dubbed "Britain's Pompeii", at Must Farm in Cambridgeshire. Archaeologists have described the find - made close to the country's "best-preserved Bronze Age dwellings" - as "unprecedented".
Still containing its hub, the 3ft-diameter (one metre) wooden wheel dates from about 1,100 to 800 BC. The wheel was found close to the largest of one of the roundhouses found at the settlement last month.
Its discovery "demonstrates the inhabitants of this watery landscape's links to the dry land beyond the river", David Gibson from Cambridge Archaeological Unit, which is leading the excavation, said.
The spine of what is thought to be a horse, found in early January, could suggest the wheel belonged to a horse-drawn cart, however, it is too early to know how the wheel was used, archaeologist Chris Wakefield said.