Talk: Wednesday 17 February 2016, 7.30 pm, at the Tony Cooper Suite, Cottenham Village College.
The New Excavations at Must Farm by Selina Davenport
Doors open 7.15 pm; meeting begins 7.30 pm
Must Farm is a clay quarry near Peterborough extracting brick clay. It is also home to a marvellous archaeological project being undertaken by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, funded by Historic England and Forterra (formally Hanson).
Previous excavations at Must Farm unearthed a wonderfully intact prehistoric landscape. A small excavation in 2006 produced a vast amount of archaeological material and some previously unseen artifact types from the British Bronze Age. The 2006 trial trench is now being expanded to see what further hidden treasures can be uncovered. The 9-month excavation is aims to create a much broader, hopefully more accurate, picture of domestic life in the Bronze Age. This is made possible thanks to an unfortunate accident (maybe) which led to the catastrophic destruction of a settlement in use preserving an intact snapshot of its inhabitants’ life.
The talk will bring you up-to-date on the excavations which have been ongoing since September and discuss some of the working theories of the excavation team about what they are finding and how these discoveries help embellish the picture of Bronze Age life.
Selina Davenport is the Must Farm Outreach Supervisor based at Cambridge Archaeological Unit.