Bronze Age 'village elder' found at dig site
August 8, 2021 | 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
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