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Norfolk Broads: Bronze Age evidence 'everywhere'

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« on: April 20, 2013, 11:51:15 pm »

A reconstruction shows how Ormesby St Michael could have looked

"An ancient ditch or pit that has been filled in long ago will show up as different colours across the fields - crop marks," he said.

Mr Gilmour said the Ormesby dig had revealed evidence of settlers' activities, such as weaving, and objects including a whetstone.
'Crop marks'

"If you've got a whetstone you need something to sharpen on, which means in this case bronze.

"In order to get bronze you need copper and tin so that must have come from somewhere as well.

"So you start putting in these links to other settlements much further afield across potentially the whole of Britain.

"It's really the beginnings of the mass altering of the landscape."

Mr Robinson said hundreds of archaeological sites in the Norfolk Broads could now be re-evaluated.

"We've got other crop mark sites that look similar," he said.

"Maybe there's an extensive pattern - a Bronze Age world out there that we are only just beginning to understand."

The Flying Archaeologist - The Broads is broadcast at 19:30 BST on BBC One East. The full series will be shown nationwide from Monday, 29 April at 20:30 BST on BBC Four.
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