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Dig sheds light on prehistoric Cambridge

A huge archaeological dig on the edge of Cambridge has uncovered evidence of people living in the area in prehistoric times.

Dig sheds light on prehistoric Cambridge
Excavations at Countryside Properties Great Kneighton development on the southern fringe of Cambridge have uncovered prehistoric activity stretching back over 5,000 years [Credit: Cambridge News]
In what is described as the largest single excavation undertaken in the city, experts have uncovered traces of field systems, enclosures and settlements dating back to the Middle Bronze Age - 3,500 years ago.

Finds include pottery and metalwork, among them a bronze spearhead, and a variety of body parts, including human skulls.

Evidence of two “high-status cremation burials” from Roman-British times was found, one grave containing a leather-bound wooden box with a metal lock plate and 11 pottery vessels imported from Gaul, which would have been used during the funeral feast before being laid to rest with the deceased.

Dig sheds light on prehistoric Cambridge
Bronze spearhead [Credit: Cambridge News]
The excavation has been taking place on the site of Cambridge’s new housing settlement, Great Kneighton, led by a team from Oxford Archaeology East.

In all, more than 100 archaeologists and volunteers have been involved.

Archaeologist Richard Mortimer said: “Crop mark analysis and a previous survey at Great Kneighton had suggested that archaeology would be present, but the site threw up far more extensive and unusual remains than expected.

“It has undoubtedly proved to be one of the best sites in the South of England, and is fundamental to our level of understanding of prehistoric activity in the Cambridgeshire area.

Dig sheds light on prehistoric Cambridge
Pottery sherds [Credit: Cambridge News]
“It has revealed a complex, ever-evolving landscape populated by inhabitants who had access to some of the finest material benefits of the periods they lived in.”

Andrew Carrington, strategic land director at developers Countryside Properties, said: “The team at Oxford Archaeology East have carried out an exceptional job uncovering and recording the important archaeological findings at Great Kneighton.

“It is hoped that in the near future the findings will be displayed within the community building planned for the Central Square at the heart of the development.

“As part of the public art programme, there are proposals for a large sculpture in the Central Square building - officially linking the past with the future and creating an excellent gathering place for the community.”

Author: Chris Elliot | Source: Cambridge News [November 11, 2013]

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