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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Tempus (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752429000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752429007
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,232,548 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Francis Pryor and his team have been working in the Peterborough region since 1971. He is the author of many academic reports and popular books, including Farmers in Prehistoric Britain (also for The History Press), Seahenge, Britain BC and Britain AD. He is a regular contributor to Time Team and his own programmes on Channel 4.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Max Blackston on May 28, 2009
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Francis Pryor is a very well known English archaeologist, who has spent much of his professional life excavating in the flat "fen" counties of East Anglia. He is an expert on the Bronze and Iron Ages, and has become somewhat of a celebrity from his appearances in the popular Channel 4 television series, "The Time Team".

Pryor is probably most well known for his excavation of the site, which is the subject of this book, Flag Fen. Abutting the modern city of Peterborough, the excavation at Flag Fen has revealed an ancient wooden causeway - stretching for almost a kilometer across what would have been until modern times fen country, flooded for most of the year - ending in a giant wooden platform. According to the dating of the wood, this construction dated from the Middle Bronze age (1300 BCE) and was maintained and added to for about 400 years; even after that time, there is evidence that it was still used almost up to the time that the Romans arrived in Britain at the beginning of the first millenium of the modern era.

Excavations at Flag fen went on for about 20 years, ending in 1995. During this time, Pryor established a successful visitors' center at the site, proceeds from which financed ongoing excavations. Pryor describes how he and his team tackled the problem of how to preserve something for visitors to see there. The problem is that, while ancient timbers are preserved under the covering of peat, clay and topsoil under which they have been buried over the years, they start to deteriorate irreversibly once they are exposed and dry out; they literally turn to dust.

Although the job of excavating Flag Fen is completed, Pryor is still actively involved in the job of figuring out just what Flag Fen is.
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