Flag Fen: Life and Death of a Prehistoric Landscape

Flag Fen: Life and Death of a Prehistoric Landscape


By (author) Francis Pryor

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  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 192 pages
  • Dimensions: 172mm x 248mm x 14mm | 821g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Stroud
  • ISBN 10: 0752429000
  • ISBN 13: 9780752429007
  • Illustrations note: 100 plans and photographs (25 in colour)
  • Sales rank: 463,736

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The Late Bronze Age in Britain is a period whose importance is growing rapidly. Many of the practices which became common in the better-known so-called 'Celtic' world of the Iron Age have roots which extend back to the later second millennium BC. In particular, religious rites based around water, which we know were important to the Druids, but much later, have their origins in the Late Bronze Age. Flag Fen is one of the best-preserved Late Bronze Age sits yet found in Britain. It was discovered in 1982 and consists of many tens of thousands of timbers which were driven into the muddy waters of a fen on the outskirts of modern Peterborough, between about 1300 and 900 BC. Hundreds of valuable objects, including swords, daggers and jewellery, were dropped into the water around the timbers, as offerings. Flag Fen was opened to the public in 1987 and is now a major visitor attraction. The site is particularly important because it is surrounded by one of the most thoroughly studied prehistoric landscapes in Europe.

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Author information

Francis Pryor and his team have been working in the Peterborough region since 1971. He is the author of many academic reports and popular books, including Farmers in Prehistoric Britain (also for The History Press), Seahenge, Britain BC and Britain AD. He is a regular contributor to Time Team and his own programmes on Channel 4.