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It is thought the boats were sunk into a long-dried-up creek, which would have been a tributary of the river Nene, and were then preserved by the waterlogged silt Photo: PA

It is thought the boats were sunk into a long-dried-up creek, which would have been a tributary of the river Nene, and were then preserved by the waterlogged silt | Photo: PA

(The Telegraph)

The vessels, including one which is almost nine metres long, are the largest group of Bronze Age boats ever found in one site in the UK.
Many are still well-preserved and one is even able to float after 3,000 years buried in the site on the outskirts of Peterborough.
Others display intricate carvings and have handles carved from oak tree trunks for lifting them out of the water. Traces of a fire lit on the surface of one boat to cook the day’s catch were also found.
Conservator Ian Panter told the Guardian: “There was huge excitement over the first boat, and then they were phoning the office saying they’d found another, and another, and another, until finally we were thinking, ‘Come on now, you’re just being greedy.”

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