Today we went back to Peterborough. Our first stop took us right in to the Bronze Age at Flag Fen. This bronze age settlement was first discovered when archaeologists discovered the old causeway which was a sort of wooden road across the water. Life in the Bronze Age was recreated at Flag Fen. There were even volunteers living there as they would have back in those times for the week. They ate, dressed, slept, and worked as people would have back in the Bronze Age.

This first round house is actually from the Iron Age.

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Here are the volunteers working outside. Some were even making bronze weapons.

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This is the inside of the round house where they would cook and sleep. All 12 volunteers slept on the floor around the edge of the round house.

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The volunteers were spending a lot of time making a canoe. Back in the Bronze Age there was no real sense of time. They would begin the day when the sun rose and end the day when the sun set.

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This wood is from the original causeway making it about 3,000 years old. It has been very carefully preserved. If you look carefully you can make out the columns that held up the causeway.

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Once we finished our lunch we got back on the coach and went back to Peterborough. This time, we went to the cathedral. We walked around the back of the cathedral first which is where the monks used to live. Our tour of the Cathedral was slightly delayed due to a wedding. Naturally all of us girls were super excited to see the bride when she walked out of the Cathedral. Once again, it reminded me that despite how old these cathedrals are, they are still in use today.

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This is the burial place of Katharine Queen of England.

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There was some incredible architecture in this Cathedral. It is even more incredible to think that it wasn’t built in modern times. When it was built, they didn’t have the same technology we have today that would make feats like this easy.

 

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This is the Monk’s Stone dating back to the first century.

 

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This pictured is a little difficult to see, but it is a staircase leading up to a watch tower over a side chapel called St Oswald’s Chapel. Until the 1500s it was home to the Saint’s arm. A guard would sit watch over the relic in the watch tower.

 

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I think Peterborough is my favorite cathedral that we have been to so far. Tomorrow is a relaxing day as it is Sunday. We will be going to the Harlaxton Church for service. I’m excited to see what a church service is like here

-Alyssa

 

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