Archeologists Have Found Bronze Age Bobbins of Thread in England

This and other fragile textiles found at the site are an incredible 3,000-years-old!

Every time there’s a significant archeological discovery, it’s so amazing to see what has made it through thousands of years of weather and decomposition. The usual suspects like fossils and metals are predictable. But, a group of archeologists at the site of Must Farm near Cambridgeshire in the U.K. have found scores of objects of many types of materials, including fibers, wood, and animal remains, that have survived incredible environments and circumstances in well-preserved condition. One of the most complete sites from the time period, this significant discovery has yielded some unbelievable artifacts.

The site includes the contents of three stilted buildings, each containing objects that would have been in use 3,000 years ago, when the site was preserved in a bog after the torched homes fell into a river and has turned out to be one of the best-preserved and most-fruitful Bronze Age settlements found in the U.K. Amazingly, the fire, then water, did little to destroy many of the artifacts, including this ball of thread or fine yarn shown above.

Other items found include axes, tools, ceramic pots, and, incredibly, yet even finer and tinier bobbins of thread (like the one shown below). That so many daily objects were preserved is truly a wonder. They paint a picture of life more refined than previously thought, because we simply did not have the artifacts from the era to illustrate what their lives were like.

The archeologists working on the site also found a bowl and spoon, stuck together with the residue of a meal, which they hope to gather an ancient recipe from once they can analyze what’s in the bowl. So, hopefully we’ll get a new recipe from this as well!

Experts have speculated that the fire which drove the inhabitants away, also was the key to finding such a massive Bronze Age horde: the items were not worn out, thrown away, or solitary, but in usable states along with all the other household items, then preserved in the peat of a silty river. We have to wonder what other fragile, yet preserved artifacts were found at this incredible archeology site.

You can read about a 5,000-year-old beer recipe right here.