Post-Ex Diary 11: The Must Farm Textiles Part One

April 1, 2019

This month’s update sees textile specialist Dr Susanna Harris discussing the fibres and fabrics from the Must Farm settlement. Videos 5 – 7 will follow next month.

The Must Farm Textiles: Part One – Introducing Bronze Age Textiles

Part One introduces Bronze Age textiles to help put the Must Farm finds in context.

The Must Farm Textiles: Part Two – Must Farm’s Fibres and Fabrics

The second part of our video series exploring Must Farm’s textiles focuses on the site’s assemblage. Why have these artefacts been preserved and how have the preservation conditions affected these textiles?

The Must Farm Textiles: Part Three – Fibres and Fabrics – Quality and Technology

Part Three of our video series on Must Farm’s textiles examines the site’s woven fabrics. Despite being made during the Late Bronze Age, almost three thousand years ago, their quality is comparable to some fabrics we encounter today.

The Must Farm Textiles: Part Four – Yarn and Wound Thread

In Part Four we explore some of the yarn and wound threads found during the excavation. It is unusual to find earlier stages of textile production alongside finished items at a Late Bronze Age site and we are currently investigating these artefacts.

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Schematic diagram showing different architectural elements
The Must Farm pile-dwelling settlement was excavated by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit with funding from Historic England and Forterra.


Must Farm Pile-dwelling settlement publications
Read the Open Access publications the Must Farm pile-dwelling settlement: Volume 1. Landscape, architecture and occupation and Volume 2. Specialist reports.

Dig Diaries

The excavation of the Must Farm settlement was carried out between August 2015 and August 2016. Take a look at our diary entries documenting the excavation process. more


See some of the discoveries from the Must Farm pile-dwelling settlement.

Making Must Farm

Find out about our work with AncientCraft recreating Must Farm’s material.


Further information on the Must Farm project.