Flag Fen Archaeology Park
Flag Fen Archaeology Park is home to a wooden causeway some 3,500 years old. Many experts feel it is as important in its way as Stonehenge. The causeway was discovered in 1982, and today visitors can see an excavated section of it. Previous digs here have unearthed amazing finds, including England's oldest wheel and a rare gold ring. There is also a reconstructed Bronze Age settlement and an Iron Age roundhouse. In 2012, eight prehistoric log boats were discovered near Whittlesey and brought to Flag Fen to undergo conservation. Photo credit: two boys & Flag Fen - John Moore
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Parking onsite
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Electric mobility scooter and wheelchairs available
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Apr-Sep, daily 10-5 (last admission 4)
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About the area
To the west of East Anglia is Cambridgeshire, a county best known as the home to the university that makes up the second half of ‘Oxbridge’ (the other half is Oxford). As well as its globally renowned educational credentials, it also has a rich natural history; much of its area is made up of reclaimed or untouched fens. These are low-lying areas which are marshy and prone to flooding. The lowest point in the UK is at Holme Fen, which is some 9 feet (2.75 metres) below sea level. Some of the fens had been drained before, but it was in the 19th and 20th centuries that wide-spread, successful drainage took place, expanding the amount of arable and inhabitable land available.
Ely Cathedral was built on an island among the swampy fens, but now sits among acres of productive farmland, albeit farmland criss-crossed by miles of flood-preventing watercourses. Oliver Cromwell was born in Ely, and his family home can still be visited. Cambridge itself is a beautiful and historic city, with any number of impressive old buildings, churches and colleges, and plenty of chances to mess about on the River Cam which gave the city its name.
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