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Bronze Age 'village elder' found at dig site

By T.K. Randall
August 8, 2021 · Comment icon 3 comments

A reconstruction of a Bronze Age dwelling. Image Credit: Viv Hamilton
Archaeologists have made a fascinating discovery at an excavation site in Burwell, Cambridgeshire.
Unearthed beneath a Bronze Age funerary mound, the skeletal remains of a "relatively muscular" 40-year-old man are believed to be those of a "village elder", according to reports.

A timber post atop the mound indicated that "someone of importance was buried here."

Archaeologists have dated the burial to between 2500-2000BC.

"He must have been someone of importance to have a monument like that, some sort of village elder, who was strong and had worked the land for years," said archaeologist Louise Moan.
The excavation itself is being undertaken ahead of a new housing development at the site of a Bronze Age village that was once home to around 50 people.

Evidence suggests that the village was quite prosperous and endured for over 300 years.

Various artefacts, including a mold for a bronze axe head and a fragment of shale bracelet, were also found at the site.

Source: BBC News | Comments (3)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by acute 3 years ago
I'm having a weird day. I know someone who lives in Burwell!
Comment icon #2 Posted by third_eye 3 years ago
That's not a good alibi, think up something better....  ~
Comment icon #3 Posted by closed for business 3 years ago
Hi Third_Eye He was with me and we were at a gentleman's club and have timestamped pics of a theoretical lap dance occurred not to mention several hours of him drinking and well it wasn't Vegas but there are rules. @acute send the money to the Cayman account

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