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Bronze Age boats to be preserved

The Flag Fen team preserving the boats Credit: ITV News Anglia

Eight Bronze Age wooden boats discovered in a quarry in Peterborough are now being conserved at the city's Flag Fen archaeological centre.

The 4,000 year old vessels are being kept cold and wet to stop them from deteriorating.

One of the Bronze Age wooden boats Credit: ITV News Anglia

They will eventually be treated with the same chemical that's been used to preserve the Tudor warship the Mary Rose.

The quarry in Peterborough where the boats were discovered Credit: ITV News Anglia

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First dig in a decade at Flag Fen

A dig due to start next week is expected to reveal new clues to the mystery of a 3,500 year old timber causeway.

It is hoped that during the three-week dig at Flag Fen, near Peterborough, the first on the site for 10 years, more amazing finds will be made.

Last time these included the oldest wheel in England and one of only two gold rings from the period found in the world. The timber structure – one of the oldest of its kind known to man – consists of 60,000 pieces of timber in rows of five and is 1km long.

The dig takes starts on Tuesday, July 24 and more information can be found here

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