Big Fenland dig uncovers the mysteries of the Manea colony

Started by gash, October 05, 2016, 08:35:21 pm

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The Cambridge Archaeological Unit, along with a crew of local volunteers, have been intricately searching deep beneath the marshy Fenland ground that was once the home of a 'socialist utopian' community from 1838 to 1841.

The dig discovered artefacts such as ceramics, storage jars and glass, as well as excavating test pits to determine geological change in the area during the colony's time there.

The biggest find of the three-week dig, however, were the foundations of some of the colony's foundations, created by farmer Robert Owen under the guidance of socialist, Robert Owen, who harboured dreams of a 'communitarian' lifestyle.

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