A crucial archaeological discovery near Peterborough could be the foundation for a university and tourist centre worth millions of pounds, it has been declared.
Bronze Age log boats were discovered at Must Farm, near Whittlesey, in 2011 following a dig by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit.
Now Peterborough City Council has agreed to set aside £140,000 to help protect and keep the 10 boats in the city.
The move has sparked protests from Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson who said the council should concentrate on front-line services.
The 3,000-year-old boats provided vital evidence of settlements in and around Peterborough during the Bronze Age, and it is thought the site, located near Flag Fen, could contain other important artefacts, with excavations planned at the site over the next 10 years.