Bronze Age Roundhouses discovered in the Fens

Wooden roundhouses have been uncovered by a team of archaeologists near Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire. The site has been termed Britain’s ‘Pompeii’ by journalists owing to evidence of a fire which destroyed the houses, which means the site is well preserved. The dig should offer an incredible insight into fenland life during the Bronze Age and its peoples’ relationship with the water environment as the settlement was built on stilts above a shallow river. Internal Drainage Board engineer and keen archaeologist Martin Redding originally spotted a wooden post sticking out of a disused quarry in 1999 which led to the discovery.

Heritage England have posted an excellent 4 minute video about the dig on Youtube.

You can follow the progress of dig and its discoveries at