Three thousand years ago a fire devastated a stilted water village in East Anglia, forcing its collapse below the brackish fenland mere. But what was a disaster for our ancestors has proved a boon for modern archaeologists who now have Britain’s best-preserved Bronze Age site to get their trowels into.
Alice Roberts is a companionable and enthusiastic guide to its treasures – a rare complete wheel, gorgeous fabrics and even discarded meals that point to a wealthy, settled, dynamic community that traded with other settlements as far away as Germany (modern Europe take note!).
It’s a slow burn, but various revelatory nuggets are unpeeled with skill before a coda that is dark, unsettling and intriguing.
Professor Alice Roberts joins the team excavating a 3,000 year-old Bronze Age village in the Cambridgeshire Fens that burned to the ground and was preserved in peat. Archaeologists also investigate the cause of the fire. Was it just a terrible accident, or did the villagers’ wealth provoke an attack?