I’m not sure whether it was Mark Knight or our audience who were the most energised and enthusiastic last night.

Both had ventured out on a dark December night when it would have been more comfortable to sit in front of the TV or catch an online Zoom lecture.

Everyone was united in their fascination about the everyday lives of the people whose houses near present day Peterborough had been destroyed by fire nearly 3,000 years ago.

Many, many aspects of the Must Farm excavation are throwing completely new light on a period where we know little at the personal level.

The scientific analysis now available to interpret the finds is mind-boggling. Examination of the coprolites found (human and animal) is a good example revealing detail about diets and lifestyles.

The full report on the project is due to be published in 2022, and interpretation of the results is likely to continue for many years to come.

A big thank you to Mark for sharing the Must Farm findings with FRAG.

Loch Tay Crannog Fire June 2021

A recreated stilted Iron Age house on the shores of Loch Tay gutted by fire in June 2021 (Photo credit – John Wood)