"British Pompeii" Charts Fire in 3,000-year-old Cambridgeshire New Build

By Gary Cutlack on at

The site of Must Farm has revealed some sensationally detailed information about life in the UK around 3,000 years ago, showing that our Bronze age relatives used lovely pots for their porridge, lived on roasted wild boar and even had little kitchen areas in their raised platform bedsits.

Sadly for the inhabitants of the Must Farm site in Cambridgeshire that's been slowly unearthed over the last year or two, this one burned down. That's good news for historians, though, as the crashing roof and layered ash therefore sealed the site for the next 3,000 years, with the ash creating a Pompeii-like wall against the elements -- and allowing some incredible details like porridge grains inside the breakfast bowls to remain perfectly preserved until today.

The archaeologists surveying Must Farm regularly dump photos of their finds up on Facebook, revealing all sort of amazingly well preserved 3,000-year-old items, such as lovely bronze axe heads, intricately woven textiles, tools, bundles of knitting and more, showing off what would've been rather a sophisticated life back in the raised wooden house.


Want more updates from Gizmodo UK? Make sure to check out our @GizmodoUK Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.