Britain's "Pompeii" has emerged in the UK county of Cambridgeshire as archaeologists unearthed incredibly well-preserved Bronze Age dwellings abandoned in haste by their inhabitants.
The excavation, carried out at a quarry in Peterborough by Historic England and the University of Cambridge, provides an extraordinary insight into domestic life 3,000 years ago.
Dating to the end of the Bronze Age (1200-800 BC), the settlement was home to several families who lived in a number of circular wooden houses built on stilts above a river.
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A fire destroyed the settlement causing the houses to fall into the river, where silt and clay preserved the contents.
"It's a frozen moment in time," Duncan Wilson, Chief Executive of Historic England, said.
"We are learning more about the food our ancestors ate, and the pottery they used to cook and serve it ... This site is of international significance and its excavation really will transform our understanding of the period," he added.