Thought to be home to several families, the settlement in eastern England consisted of large wooden roundhouses built on stilts above water.
When they caught fire, archeologists say, the dwellings collapsed and plunged into the river. The mud and water preserved the structures and even filled in some residents' footprints, transforming the site into an extraordinary time capsule.
It contains items that normally would have been decomposed by now, such as textiles made from plant fibers, as well as bowls and jars with traces of food in them. The Bronze Age began in different regions of the world at different times, and that period in what is now Britain dates to about 2000 B.C.
The team also found timbers with tool marks, well-preserved charred roof timbers and the remnant of a wooden fence once surrounding the village. Read more on edition.cnn.