Prehistoric Remains Uncovered at Cambridgeshire Housing Development

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A TEAM OF ARCHAEOLOGISTS have excavated Bronze and Iron Age human remains on This Land’s™ Burwell site, in advance a 350 home housing development.

Following the removal of topsoil at the 6.5-hectare site on Newmarket Road, archaeologists discovered two largely complete human skeletons as well as a significant number of post holes, pits and pieces of pottery dating to between 3,200 and 2,350 years ago. The number of post holes – holes in the ground which would have supported the frame of a structure – indicate that there was a large community which used to live at the site, whilst the layout implies the timber structures would have been both round and rectangular in shape.

Housing development - Remains in situThe team also uncovered animal remains and broken pottery which may well have been used to throw away unwanted food remains and other goods.

Phase One and Two Excavation

The excavation of the settlement is the first of two phases being carried by Oxford Archaeology East who are supported by Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC) and appointed by specialist archaeological and heritage consultants Orion. An area identified as a cremation burial ground will be excavated and examined ahead of construction of Phase Two of the scheme.

On completion of the fieldwork, there will be a programme of post-excavation assessment and analysis of the artefacts and environmental samples which will be recorded and followed by a full publication of the results. The information will be built into a story of the site and archived, and the artefacts will be donated to CCC and made available for public viewing.

‘Exciting Discoveries’

Commenting on the ongoing archaeological fieldwork Brenda Kibblewhite, Head of Sales and Marketing of This Land™ said: “These are exciting new discoveries and we are delighted with the team’s ongoing work at this historically significant site in Burwell. It’s been fascinating to learn about the history of the site, which will provide an archival legacy of artefacts for future generations to enjoy.”

Housing development - excavation imageOn the conclusion of the archaeological dig, This Land™ will commence the main infrastructure for the development of a community of 350 new homes, including affordable housing. The scheme will include a mix of housing.

The archaeological dig, which began in May, is expected to be finished in September depending on any further findings.

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