Whittlesey site short listed

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A NATIONALLY important discovery of nine Bronze Age log boats in Whittlesey has been shortlisted for two important accolades by the British Archaeological Awards 2012 panel.

The unique discovery of the group of waterlogged log boats as well as fish traps and weapons in an ancient river channel at Hanson’s Must Farm Quarry, Whittlesey, has attracted the national interest.

The site has been shortlisted for the Best Archaeological Project and Best Archaeological Discovery and was put forward by Cambridgeshire County Council’s Historic Environment Team.

The dig has been carried out in Hanson Brick quarry by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit and supported by Cambridgeshire County Council.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Martin Curtis, of Whittlesey, said: “This is an amazing site and vitally important for Whittlesey. The boats are almost as if their owners have just left them and give us a fascinating glimpse into the past of the area.”

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates, Cabinet Member for Growth and Planning, said: “We are pleased to see what can be achieved when developers can work so well with archaeologists, especially on such a difficult site. Since the initial discovery of this extraordinary find, Cambridge Archaeological Unit’s dedicated staff and their colleagues have worked tirelessly to excavate the boats and get them safely out of the ground. The recognition of their efforts at the awards ceremony will raise attention to them and help with fundraising needed for the conservation and display of the artefacts. We wish them luck and hope they will be winners on the day.”

The award ceremony is due to take place at the British Museum on the 9 July. Details can be found at http://www.britarch.ac.uk/awards/baa2012.html#disc