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April 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Our next talk will describe the astounding discoveries at Must Farm – a quarry pit near Peterborough. This prehistoric settlement site is now recognised as one the most important Bronze Age sites in Europe because of the remarkable state of preservation of the artefacts. This situation arose because the site was abandoned suddenly 3000 years ago following a catastrophic fire, and the collapsing structures fell into the river and were buried intact in river sediments – hence the analogy with the remains at Pompeii which were buried intact in volcanic ash. One of the finds at Must Farm was a bowl that still contained the remains of a meal, complete with the spoon that was being used to eat it, which was most likely abandoned as the fire broke out. Objects recovered from the site range from tableware, furniture and textiles, through weapons to boats and fishtraps.
Mark Knight directed the Must Farm excavations for the Cambridge Archaeological Unit. He specialises in prehistoric landscapes, as well as Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery. His interests include exploring later prehistoric contexts of habitation and mobility, and comprehending the lives of people in southern Britain between 3800-800 BC.
This talk will be followed at 8:45pm by the HIAG AGM.