High-tech dig finds Roman farmstead
|James Newboult said the size of the dig helped reveal the site's extensive history [Credit: BBC]|
Headland Archaeology said the dig had provided a "really interesting window" into Haverhill's history. The research park is being built on the A1307, the main road to Cambridge from Haverhill, and will also include a hotel and housing.
James Newboult, archaeological project manager, said the findings would be analysed and recorded to preserve the history of the site.
"There hasn't been a lot of archaeological work in recent times in Haverhill, so this really adds to the picture," he said.
The farmstead dates back to the "first or second centuries", he said.
"It's made up of a series of enclosures. Where today we use fences or bricks to define our areas, they use ditches and banks. It's what we call a cellular enclosure. People would have lived there, kept animals, and farmed their crops."
Source: BBC News Website [May 12, 2013]