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Conservation work planned for bronze age boats found in Peterborough

Bronze age boats Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Eight bronze age boats found in a quarry near Peterborough will be refrigerated and sprayed with wax to stop the wood degrading.

The boats, one more than 28ft long, were used to ferry cargo around the fens. They're predicted to be around 3,500 years old.

Restored Mary Rose Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Covering the wood with wax and keeping it cool is the same technique used to preserve the tudor warship The Mary Rose.

The boats, six of them oaks, one alder and one lime, were excavated in 2011 at Must Farm clay quarry near Whittlesey.

Conservation work underway Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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