New arrivals for Peterborough’s ancient Flag Fen

One of the new lambs at Flag Fen
One of the new lambs at Flag Fen
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It may be one of Peterborough’s most ancient and historic sites but there are a couple of new arrivals at Flag Fen Archaeology Park.

The first of its bouncing spring lambs was born on Sunday, March 13, with a second not far behind on Monday.

The sheep kept on site are Soays and are a fascinating ancient breed of sheep which originate from the island of Soay near the Western Isles of Scotland. Soay sheep naturally shed their wool and do not need shearing.

Recent discoveries at nearby Must Farm, dubbed ‘Britain’s Pompeii,’ have shown how our ancient ancestors lived very closely with such animals. The footprints of sheep, as well as cows and humans, over 3,000 years old have been found in recent months, preserved in the Bronze Age mud.

David Savory, Heritage Services Officer for Vivacity said “The Soays are a little later than last year when we were lambing in January. We’re very pleased to have two healthy new lambs – and with more on the way I’m sure they’ll keep us busy.”

Not only will visitors be able to see the new lamb when Flag Fen re-opens for its summer season on Easter Saturday (26 March), but on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April (10am – 5pm, last entry 4pm), Must Farm comes to Flag Fen.

Meet the archaeologists currently digging the site and hear about their amazing discoveries which are changing our view of the Bronze Age. Plus with the ‘Big Dig Tent’ and craft activities for budding archaeologists, there’ll be fun for all the family.

Admission: £8 adults, £5 children/concessions, £20 families.

There’s no need to book for this event, just drop in. For more details call 01733864 663 or visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com.