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Flag-Fen in the UK

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ImageThe name Flag-Fen is a monument of ancient times, or rather, of the Bronze Age, discovered in the UK by archaeologists under the leadership of Francis Pryor in 1982. As a result of excavations in the eastern county of Cambridgeshire between the islands of Whittlesea and Peterborough, a huge number of wooden piles were found connecting them, laid out in five rows about 1 km long and helping to overcome the swampy area. Due to the fact that the surface of the piles was covered with sediments over time, as well as the special anaerobic properties of the local soils, the piles did not rot and are surprisingly well preserved. But the main find was an island of artificial origin built on these very stilts, which, apparently, was a religious center. At least, this is indicated by the found traces of cult rites, for example, broken daggers buried in the ground. Recently, the surrounding area began to be very actively drained, which threatened the safety of wooden structures. Therefore, using special technologies with the use of a wax component and freezing, some wooden posts were preserved. A museum and an exhibition were also opened, where visitors can see wooden piles, as well as specially reconstructed round houses from the Bronze Age on the island and a house belonging to the Iron Age. The museum also includes Roman and prehistoric roads through the ancient settlement.

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Author: Kelly Costine