Bronze Age artefacts from 'Britain's Pompeii' Must Farm could go on display at Heritage Centre

PUBLISHED: 14:46 31 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:46 31 March 2017

Archaeologists revealed 3,000 year old circular wooden houses believed to be the bestpreserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found in Britain. The finds could go on display at a Heritage Centre in Whittlesey if the town council can secure National Heritage funding. PHOTO: Steve Williams

Archaeologists revealed 3,000 year old circular wooden houses believed to be the bestpreserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found in Britain. The finds could go on display at a Heritage Centre in Whittlesey if the town council can secure National Heritage funding. PHOTO: Steve Williams

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Bronze Age artefacts found at a Fenland farm dubbed 'Britain's Pompeii' could go on display at a heritage centre in Whittlesey.

The history of Must Farm

The Must Farm site, now a located in a clay quarry run by Forterra, is close to Whittlesey and sits astride a prehistoric watercourse inside the Flag Fen basin.

The site has produced large quantities of Bronze Age metalwork, including a rapier and sword in 1969, and more recently the discovery of eight pristinely preserved log boats in 2011.

This places Must Farm alongside similar European prehistoric wetland sites; the ancient loch-side dwellings known as crannogs in Scotland and Ireland; stilt houses, also known as pile dwellings, around the Alpine lakes; and the terps of Friesland, man-made hill dwellings in the Netherlands.

Discoveries at Must Farm, Whittlesey – which included a 3,000-year-old wheel and wooden boxes – could be shown to the public after councillors from Whittlesey Town Council and Fenland District Council met to discuss the future of the artefacts.

Mayor of Whittlesey, Councillor Alex Miscandlon and councillors David Mason and Eamonn Dorling met with chief executive of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire County Councils, Gilian Beasley and members of Historic England and the Cambridge Archaeological Society earlier this month and a new site – away from Must Farm – was one of the ideas raised.

A Bronze Age Wheel, one metre in diameter, was found at Must Farm last year. PHOTO: Dave WebbA Bronze Age Wheel, one metre in diameter, was found at Must Farm last year. PHOTO: Dave Webb

The proposed site would be built on the A605 but away from Flag Fen as councillors believe the dig site does not have suitable access.

Councillors also plan on applying for National Heritage funding by the end of year so the centre can be built as soon as possible.

Archaeologists also found other artefacts including bowls, a rapier and a sword. PHOTO: Dave WebbArchaeologists also found other artefacts including bowls, a rapier and a sword. PHOTO: Dave Webb

The town council is now looking into suitable sites for the site, which they believe is “of regional and national interest” and “vital to the prosperity” of the town.

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