The Must Farm pile dwelling

A new addition to the programme for YAHS Prehistoric Research Section, who are teaming up with The Prehistoric Society to present a free annual lecture, in a new venue, aiming to attract both PreRS members and the general public. The inaugural lecturer is David Gibson of the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, on

The Must Farm pile dwelling: Taste, appearance, lifestyle and communication in the Late Bronze Age

It’s on Saturday 30 September 2017, Leeds City Museum, 2pm in the Denny Room.

‘It now seems that the Must Farm Bronze Age pile dwelling (aka Fenland’s Pompeii) was built, occupied and burnt down in quick succession. The brevity of settlement and its catastrophic demise provided a rare set of circumstances which in turn ensured exceptional preservation. Individual roundhouses replete with entire household inventories (whole pots, tool kits, textiles, wooden vessels, weapons, food remains etc.) were preserved within the gentle sediments of a small river buried deep beneath the fens.

This talk will present the context, circumstance and public outreach of the excavation and, at the same, attempt to come to terms with the sheer intensity of materials and what they might tell us about taste, appearance, lifestyle and communication in Late Bronze Age Britain and beyond’.

After the talk, free tea and coffee refreshments will be provided, enabling attendees to discuss the talk and to meet the speaker.