Excavating Must Farm: uncovering Bronze Age life

Excavating Must Farm: uncovering Bronze Age life

Excavating Must Farm: uncovering Bronze Age life

event Saturday, September 28, 2024 schedule 9.00am - 9.45am BST
event Saturday, September 28, 2024 schedule 9.00am - 9.45am BST
  • Excavation of an area
  • Must Farm Reconstruction side view
In-person at Sidgwick | £15
Open to: 
Alumni and guests
Location: 
Sidgwick Site | View details

Between 2015-16 a team from the Cambridge Archaeological Unit uncovered one of the best-preserved Late Bronze Age settlements ever discovered in the UK. Consisting of stilt-built houses, constructed above a river and surrounded by a fence of sharpened stakes, a catastrophic fire destroyed the site causing the buildings and their contents to collapse into the water below. Preserved for thousands of years in silt, archaeologists have discovered astonishing artefacts including textiles, weapons, tools and bowls still containing meals.

This talk tells the story of this incredible site and how it has helped us to better understand life almost 3,000 years ago.

Speaker

Dr Chris Wakefield

Chris Wakefield

Chris Wakefield has worked as an archaeologist in Cambridgeshire since 2011, excavating multi-period sites throughout the East of England. A passionate advocate for community engagement, he acted as both an archaeologist and engagement coordinator on the Must Farm project regularly sharing updates with the keen excavation followers.  Following this, Chris completed a Masters in Digital Heritage and has recently finished a PhD exploring online engagement in archaeology at the University of York. He currently works as the Engagement Officer for the Cambridge Archaeological Unit.

Reading list

Wakefield, C. 2024. Engaging a wider audience. In Knight, M. et al. (2024) Must Farm pile-dwelling settlement: Volume 1. Landscape, architecture and occupation. McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. doi:10.17863/CAM.106697.

Wakefield, C. 2020 Digital Public Archaeology at Must Farm: A Critical Assessment of Social Media Use for Archaeological Engagement, Internet Archaeology 55. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.55.9

Booking information

In-person lectures at the Sidgwick Site as part of Alumni Festival cost £15 per person.

Price: 
£15

Location

Sidgwick Site
West Road
Cambridge
CB3 9DP
United Kingdom

Contact

Alumni Festival Team
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