Flag Fen – a story in pictures

Realising that the schools went back on Monday we decided to visit Flag Fen before the school trips begin. I love this place with its roundhouses and the chance to view some incredible bronze age and roman archaeology in situ. There is plenty of detail on wikipedia and the official website so here is our photo story of our visit.

Flag Fen is so named after the yellow flag iris which grows in this wonderful habitat.

At any time of the year this is a wonderful place for wildlife photography. This I think is the Common Darter.

This is an anthropological experiment to prove that the bronze age people were socially active and able to tweet from their vestibule.

The Soay sheep here are remarkably agile for being 2000 years old and the fence has survived so well it looks like it was made yesterday.

Evidence of the bronze age prototype of SenseMaker where visitors narrative fragments are captured on rice paper lining the walls of the houses.

I had to be physically dragged away from sitting on this chair in the iron age roundhouse.

Here the ancient timbers (bottom of picture) still in-situ, are kept damp to preserve them. The painted landscape behind show the ancient walkway across the fen

Finally, proof that even the iron age residents were concerned about what their hair looked like in wall paintings.

Flag Fen is open daily until the end of September and at only £5 admission you would be silly not to visit.

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