Glastonbury lake village

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The Tribunal House in Glastonbury hosts a small display of the finds that were uncovered by a local man, Arthur Bulleid, at the end of the 19th century. Having heard about lake villages in Switzerland, he wondered if the same could have existed in Somerset. He excavated an area near Glastonbury and uncovered a settlement in the marshes built on artificial foundations of wood and clay. It was inhabited from about 250-50BC, and the museum has lovely displays of decorated pots and other artefacts from the site, including an oak canoe. What was also interesting was the contemporary interest generated by the finds: special excursions were run to Somerset to the lake village.

Bulleid dealt with the puzzle of how to preserve the timber foundations he had uncovered in the peat by simply covering them up again. Just fascinating!

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