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Iron Age camp unearthed at UK quarry

Archaeologists have unearthed an Iron Age enclosure while excavating land at the edge of a working quarry.

Iron Age camp unearthed at UK quarry
Archaeologists are excavating land close to Potgate Quarry
[Credit: Steve Timms/BBC]
It is thought the encampment discovered at Potgate Quarry, near Ripon, was home to several families from as early as 130BC before being abandoned.

Dig leader Steve Timms said the site was later brought back into use in the early Roman period as a paddock.

Iron Age camp unearthed at UK quarry
A stone bead discovered at Potgate Quarry, near Ripon
[Credit: Steve Timms/BBC]
Artefacts including a stone bead, quern stones used for milling and Roman pottery have been discovered.

Mr Timms said: "Within the next 12 to 18 months it will end up being quarried away so in some ways it's a bit of a rescue excavation.

Iron Age camp unearthed at UK quarry
Pottery discovered suggests the site was in use until the early Roman period
[Credit: Steve Timms/BBC]
"These sort of sites are quite common in Yorkshire but few have been excavated near Ripon; the Iron Age is not well understood in this area. It's been a really good dig because we have found something interesting and we have been able to work with local community."

The excavation was carried out at the request Lightwater Quarries, which owns the site.

Source: BBC News Website [October 12, 2013]
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