6,000 year old timber structure found in London peat bog

Published on August 13th, 2009 | by Admin

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London’s oldest timber structure has been found in a prehistoric peat bog near the Thames river.

Wetlands adjacent to rivers such as the Thames were an important source of food for prehistoric people, and timber trackways and platforms made it easier to cross the boggy terrain. The structure discovered at Plumstead is an early example of people adapting the natural landscape to meet human needs. The peat bogs which developed at Plumstead provided ideal conditions to preserve organic materials, which in other environments would have rotted away. The peat not only preserved wood, but also other plant matter – down to microscopic pollen grains – which can inform us about the contemporary landscape.

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