Made replicas of ‘Britain’s Pompeii’ finds

Replica Bronze Age tools and box from Must Farm

Experimental archaeologists have so far made replicas of seven ancient tools found on Must Farm and will make nine in total

Replicas of Bronze Age artifacts discovered at a site dubbed “Britain’s Pompeii” have been created by experimental archaeologists.

The finds were unearthed in a burnt-out 3,000-year-old village at Must Farm quarry in Cambridgeshire.

A sickle, a razor blade and a two-part ax are among the objects recreated in the University of Cambridge-funded project.

Their co-creator James Dilley said many were “not too far from our modern woodworking tools of today”.

Must Farm Bronze Age two piece replica of a handle axe

One of the replicas is this two-piece handle ax…

Ax found at Must Farm

… which is based on this original item found on Must Farm

The village, which was discovered by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit (CAU) between 2015 and 2016, was preserved along with its contents as it fell into river silt.

CAU commissioned Dr. Dilley and Emma Jones, of AncientCraft, to recreate nine of the objects found at the site.

Dr. Dilley said thanks to Must Farm “we have a much, much better idea of ​​what the tools looked like in the Bronze Age as full, complete units – and they’re not that far from our modern woodworking tools today”.

Bronze Age replica box and bobbins from Must Farm

The wooden objects were saved after the village collapsed in river sludge after a fire

Illustrated reconstruction of Must Farm stilt houses

Archaeologists were amazed at the “amazing artifacts” found at the site

He compared the Bronze Age to a “1000 piece jigsaw puzzle”.

“We know it’s a colorful, vibrant period with culture, food, clothing, but over the course of 3,000 years 995 pieces will rot or disappear into the ground, so you’re left with a few bits of rock or traces in the ground .” he said.

“But at Must Farm, because it’s preserved in the Ven, you might get a few hundred extra pieces.”

Emma Jones & James Dilley

Emma Jones pilots a drone to make a movie of James Dilley casting metal

Miss Jones said they worked largely with photographs, illustrations and detailed measurements collected by CAU archaeologists.

“This helped us get as accurate reproductions as possible without having the actual thing in front of us,” she said.

CAU archaeologist Chris Wakefield said the replicas were commissioned so they could be taken to schools to teach children about the Bronze Age.

The project was funded by the Cambridge University Arts and Humanities Impact Fund.

Bronze Age sickle replica from Must Farm

The replicas will be brought to schools to show children how Bronze Age people lived and worked

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