THE residents of a Bronze Age village were bitterly opposed to Iron Age migrants from Europe, archaeologists have found.
The settlement in Cambridgeshire, which had been buried for 3,000 years, was discovered when the tops of crude protest signs were spotted above layers of mud.
Archaeologist Helen Archer said: “The signs, which include ‘Any old iron? NO THANKS,’ and ‘IRON? IR NO,’ a primitive attempt at wordplay, show that the residents were up in arms about climate-based migration patterns.
“They believed there was nothing wrong with good old bronze, that immigrants would fail to understand their rich megalithic culture and that they should all be sent back where they came from, and further.
“Tragically, the whole village was burned down by a faulty bronze smelting furnace.”
Archaeologists believe that the village was built on the site of a Stone Age settlement whose residents were murdered with bronze weapons while saying that if stone tools were good enough for their ancestors they were good enough for them.