British Pompeii

British Pompeii

British Pompeii

This news is about history. There is a place in England. It is near Cambridgeshire. Archaeologists call it the British Pompeii.

It is an archaeological site. It is full of interesting things. These things are 3000 years old. The things are well-preserved.

For example, archaeologists find a wheel. This is the oldest wheel in Britain. They also find bowls. There are pieces of food in the bowls. The experts say that this is amazing. It is like steeping into somebody’s life or somebody’s home.

Difficult words: archaeologist (a person who studies human history), archaeological site (a place where you can find historical things), preserved (good, not broken).

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In England, archaeologists found a 3000-year-old wooden wheel. It is very well-preserved. It is the oldest and most complete wheel found in Britain.

It is only one of many finds at the site near Cambridge shire. Last month, experts discovered pieces of food in bowls. Somebody was eating the food when a fire destroyed the village. One archaeologist said that it was like stepping into somebody’s life or somebody’s home.

These discoveries give archaeologists a new picture about the way people lived between 1100-800 bc. The team who is working there calls the site a British version of the Roman town of Pompeii.

Difficult words: preserved (something preserved is not damaged), find noun (something that is found), site (an area), bc (before Christ – a very long time ago).

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An unprecedented find – this is a wheel from the Bronze Age, and it’s the oldest and most complete to have ever been found in Britain.The roughly 3000-year-old ancient wooden wheel is one metre in diametre and so well-preserved it still contains part of the axle.

“The stuff that we’re getting here… It’s things that you can normally only dream of finding as an archaeologist.”

It’s one of many finds made by archaeologists working at this site in Peterborough near Cambridgeshire, which offers a time capsule into the lives of our prehistoric ancestors as the Bronze Age came to an end. There are round houses that were built on silts on a river and destroyed by fire 3000 years ago.

“This is literally like stepping into somebody’s life, somebody’s home.”

Last month, they discovered food remains in intact bowls.

“This food is basically the remains of the meal that was being eaten at the time the settlement was destroyed by a fire which is something that is phenomenally rare to find.”

They’ve been preserved by river silts with the team working here calling the site a British version of the Roman town of Pompeii. These discoveries give us a new picture about the way people lived between 1100-800 bc.

“It feels like 3000 years has become a few hundred years, if that makes any sense. It’s as if the sort of distance between us and the Bronze Age feels very short.”

The team will continue their dig until July with them hoping this isn’t the last piece of archaeological treasure they’ll find.

Difficult words: unprecedented (great, special), axle (a rod in the middle of the wheel), ancestor (a person who lived a long time ago before you), silt (the sand and the mud carried by water), intact (not damaged), settlement (a village), phenomenally (extremely).

Source: www.ondemandnews.com

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