Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Sunken Bronze Age Settlement Is the 'Pompeii' of Britain

The roundhouse would have looked something like this Celtic Crannog
(Credit: Christine Westerback/CC BY SA 2.0)

Archaeologists have uncovered the charred remains of a 3,000-year-old stilted wooden structure in East Anglia, Britain that plunged into the river after it caught fire. The flames helped to carbonize and maintain the wooden beams. Silt at the bottom of the river prevented air and bacteria from chewing away at the wood so it is well-preserved. The inhabitants were forced to leave in a hurry and virtually everything remains where they left it. The roundhouse offers a glimpse into domestic life during the Bronze Age.

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