Have you ever wondered what daily life looked like thousands of years ago?

We rarely get a look at what everyday life would have looked like in the ancient past. Most of what we see left behind are the elaborate monuments erected after death.

Luckily though, there are archeological sites out there that preserve life as it was. This Saturday Around the World we head to one of those rare sites, as we explore England’s Pompeii, Must Farm.

Must Farm is an incredible archaeological site in Cambridgeshire, England. This remarkably preserved Bronze Age settlement burned and was subsequently buried in the bog it stood above.

From bowls to cloth and footprints to poo, this settlement gives us a snapshot of life as it was when the settlement was suddenly abandoned.

Here’s Historic England to introduce us to this piece of unique history. The Historic England YouTube channel is really interesting, so go take a look when you get the chance!

Life at Must Farm…

There are many remarkable finds being unearthed at must farm. And while each piece is a precious artifact of history, together they paint a picture of what life on an average day was like on a Bronze Age settlement.

Perhaps what is most breathtaking about these finds is not how different we are from our Bronze Age forefathers, but how similar.

Here’s a great video about the farm, brought to us by Cambridge University:

What is our fascination with wanting to know where we came from? Why is it that the mundane discoveries are so often the most fascinating?

I would argue that we want to learn about the lives of those who came before us because it pulls at our inherent desire for connection. We search for commonality because it offers us a kindred sense of belonging. If we know where we came from, we feel a sense of oneness with history.

Archaeology provides us with a unique view into our past. Instead of reading about life as it was, we get to hold in our hands the very same objects that people touched thousands of years before us. This kind of direct connection can have a profound impact on our understanding of our place in history.

Perhaps we need that perspective a little more often. What relics will we pass down to future generations? What will our great-great-great-great-grandchildren hold in their hands? What will they choose to cherish as time goes on?

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

“Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” -Victor Borge

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Notes:

  1. “Bronze Age Homes Unearthed in East Anglia.” YouTube. Historic England, 11 Jan. 2016. Web. 22 July 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LumBFOVNif8>.
  2. “Must Farm Bronze Age Settlement.” YouTube. Cambridge University, 14 July 2016. Web. 22 July 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3pIcINYdAI>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

COO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Liesl is a camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often floundering—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV