Monday, December 5, 2011

archaeological dig reveals hundreds of objects, six ships of oak for a meal

Six ships carved in oak trunks are among hundreds of items intact for 3,000 years that have been discovered in the marshes of Cambridgeshire, the


can reveal.

scale, quality and condition of the objects, the world's largest collection of bronze age in place in Britain have amazed archaeologists -. And only a fraction of the site was excavated

fragments unique textiles, wicker baskets and wooden handles have survived the sword. There are even food packaging, including a bowl with a wooden spoon yet integrated into the content, now analyzed the nettle stew, which may have been a favorite in the year 1000 BC. The ships - two of which have unusual decoration - are in good condition so that the wood grain and color can be seen clearly that the signs of repairs for owners

artifacts have been submerged under an ancient river along the southern edge of the Flag Fen basin, the land for thousands of years adversely affected by sea level rise. In the 17th century, the Dutch showed how the drainage of wetlands, and today the site is available in Peterborough. Knight said: "In our [Bronze] landscape ... I could have walked along the bottom of the pool fenland and the bottom of the North Sea for the deer in the Roman .. which is perched in Peterborough, to a large wet peat swamps and reeds " At ground level, there was no indication of the existence of artifacts, "because they were so deep - four feet below ground - and there would have been recorded by the airborne radar, or Other exploratory

The excavations, which is likely to continue for years, was made possible by Hanson, a supplier of bricks and mortar. Under the planning regulations, the company is obliged to fund excavations, but was particularly helpful, archaeologists say. Basically, exceptionally, be able to dig to a depth not seen since the need for Hanson clay brick requires the extraction of the Jurassic levels. Knight said. "Come on the landscape buried some of our colleagues are trying to find ways to get to the bottom of the North Sea ... [While] we have an initial view of space even if submerged, but through humble brick. "
along the stretch of 150 meters of a channel of the Bronze Age of the river, they found the best-preserved prehistoric river of life. There are dams and fish traps in the form of large wicker baskets, and fragments of clothing made from decorative hems stringy bark and jewelry, including pearl green and blue. Metal range is including bronze swords and spears, apparently, some thrown into the river in perfect condition, perhaps votive offerings. A ship is 8.3 meters long. "It's like if you could get the whole family - mother, grandfather, a couple of goats and all - here," said Knight. The smaller boat is a little over four feet long.

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