Perhaps the Bronze Age is not so far away after all - two recent news items, about the Bronze Age village found in Cambridgeshire  and a study of the history of fairy tales, show that we still have a lot in common.

The residents of the village at Must Farm, some 3000 years ago (1000-800BC) were stirring their porridge with wooden spoons and making complex timber structures. They had textiles made from lime tree bark and glass beads from the Balkans.  Perhaps they told each other stories of Jack and the Beanstalk and Rumpelstiltskin - research indicates that these stories can be dated to 4000 and 5000 years ago.