Is this a Britain’s Pompeii? The new discovered site which dates back to 3000 years ago is called Must Farm. The group of stones in the eastern area of the excavation are grouped around a palisade and is a rather dense area of archeology, with many elements present.
For the last ten months every single day the excavation has raised dozens of astonishing discoveries like pottery, metal works, textiles and ancient timbers. It is a true snapshot of the lost world, the prehistoric settlement from Bronze Age dating back to 3000 years ago.
So far such a discovery is the biggest one in Britain, maybe even in Europe in general and it already started to change our knowledge about the Bronze Age.
One of the most amazing discovered things is the thousand meter square white tent, which nowadays are used sometimes for the wedding ceremonies, but this one is perched to the edge of a working quarry.
The interest to this site started back in 1999, when the series of wooden posts were discovered sticking out of the clay. Since then, the excavations started to work in 2004 and 2006, this was the time when Bronze Age spearheads and sword were found.
So now, this site is called British Pompeii, even though the original city was bigger, the English version of the Pompeii was probably the small river community of 30 or more people living, in some wooden houses. But both of the cities have experienced rather big events. While the original Pompeii was buried as a result of a volcanic eruption, the English Pompeii has been also destroyed by a fire, which happened to be one summer day and probably burned everything in less than an hour. The leftovers from the houses have collapsed and fell into the river. Thanks to the water, most of the findings preserved a perfect condition, and archaeologists have a feeling, as if they arrived just right after fire.
So far there wasn’t too much information about the Bronze man, but according to the Cambridge Professor of Archeology Cyprian Broodbank, now it is more or possible to see that they have been a mosaic thriving communities, and actually were sophisticated that people used to think before. Once the new findings are going to be examined we will find out how they used to live and trade, as some beads were found and are made of amber and jet, which originally might have come from Middle east, maybe from Syria or Turkey. We will learn what they used to wear thanks to 80 pieces of of linen and even the footprints from which scientists will see the size of the shoes.
But unlike in original Pompeii, here there were no skeletons found, the only human bone was a trophy skull, which probably hung by the house.
Scientists can tell now for sure, that Bronze men were very domestic, by looking at the found pots, they were good with farming and were skilled carpenters, as the plates they used were made of wood, and there were few wooden boxes found.
Archaeologists know for sure how the round houses were built, the men used a certain architecture, as the houses had wattle, uprights and posts. But this is not the only one settlement based on the side of the river. The one right after the fire also had a back luck and which stays a mystery for archaeologists, as they believe it was settled six months after the fire and they hardly had time to make everything properly, but why was it destroyed? It still stays a mystery to be discovered.
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