The Must Farm Settlement was first discovered in 1999, revealing the remains of an exceptionally well-preserved Late Bronze Age settlement in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire. While an initial evaluation of the site being in 2006 led to the decision to preserve the site in situ, concerns over the deterioration in conditions resulted in a full excavation of Must Farm between August 2015 and August 2016, in order to ensure that no materials were lost. The excavation uncovered some of the most extraordinary finds from the Late Bronze Age — most notably the largest collection of textiles from the Bronze Age in Britain.
In Glasgow Archaeological Society’s penultimate lecture of the 2017-2018 season, Dr Susanna Harris will present the preliminary results of the analysis of plant fibre fabrics found at the site, and discuss the ways in which the fabrics of Must Farm have completely transformed our knowledge of cloth and its production in Late Bronze Age Britain.
The lecture takes place on Thursday, March 15th, 2018 at 7:30pm, and will be held in the Boyd Orr Building, University Avenue, Glasgow University. All of our lectures are open to members and non-members alike, and admission is completely free.
Dr Susanna Harris has been a lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Glasgow since 2016, where her research interests include the study of textiles, leather and basketry of the Neolithic to Bronze Age.
As part of her work with PROCON Project (examining textile production and consumption in the formation of early states, using the example of Mediterranean Europe), Dr Harris visited the Must Farm site during the 2015-2016 excavation to examine the textiles in situ, before they were removed and taken for conservation and analysis.
Dr Harris is also a Visiting Scholar with the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at the University of Cambridge, and is an editor for the Archaeological Textiles Review.
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