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York experts called in to save Bronze Age boats

They've been buried underground for four thousand years, but now the race is on to save eight bronze age boats that were uncovered in a quarry.

Archaeologists from York have been asked to travel to Peterborough to prevent the wood from disintegrating - but it's a specialist process that will take years. Victoria Whittam reports.


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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