Archeologists say they have discovered what are believed to be the best-preserved Bronze Age dwellings ever found in Britain, providing insight into prehistoric life from 3,000 years ago.
The settlement, near Peterborough in eastern England, was built on stilts. The buildings collapsed in a fire and plunged into a river where they were preserved in pristine condition in the river bed, the government service Historic England says.
Roundhouse originally stood on stilts
The settlement, dating back 3,000 years to the end of the Bronze Age, would have been home to several families that lived in a number of wooden houses above water. Charred roof timbers of one of the roundhouses are visible, as are wooden posts that once enclosed the site.
Wooden slats were used to form the roundhouse
This arrowhead was discovered on the property ....
.... as was this clay pot
Earth, carefully divided into bags, may contain further secrets
This human skull may also hold some secrets
Animal bones were discovered among the ruins
Upon completion of the excavation, the archeology team will take all the finds for further analysis and conservation. Eventually they will be displayed at Peterborough Museum and at other local venues, Historic England says.