Joint YAHS / Prehistoric Society Lecture – Must Farm – Leeds

Sat 30 Sept 14:00
Leeds City Museum

The Must Farm pile dwelling: Taste, appearance, lifestyle and communication in the Late Bronze Age

The Yorkshire Archaeological and Historical Society (Prehistory Research Section) have joined forces with the Prehistoric Society to launch a free annual lecture in Yorkshire. The first event is David Gibson of the Cambridge Archaeological Unit talking about the fantastic site at Must Farm. .

‘It now seems that the Must Farm Bronze Age pile dwelling (aka Fenland’s Pompeii) was built, occupied and burnt down in quick succession. The brevity of settlement and its catastrophic demise provided a rare set of circumstances which in turn ensured exceptional preservation. Individual roundhouses replete with entire household inventories (whole pots, tool kits, textiles, wooden vessels, weapons, food remains etc.) were preserved within the gentle sediments of a small river buried deep beneath the fens.’

This talk will present the context, circumstance and public outreach of the excavation and, at the same, attempt to come to terms with the sheer intensity of materials and what they might tell us about taste, appearance, lifestyle and communication in Late Bronze Age Britain and beyond’.

Its in the Denny Room of Leeds City Museum at 14h00

After the talk, free tea and coffee refreshments will be provided, enabling attendees to discuss the talk and to meet the speaker.