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Archaeologists recover Iron Age pottery at site in Welford

University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) has carried out an archaeological excavation of an Iron Age settlement at Newlands Road in Welford, Northants on behalf of Mears New Homes.

The initial nine trench evaluation identified several features in the south-east of the proposed development area, including ditches, pits and a narrow gully.

At the site the team recovered Iron Age pottery before the site was then stripped under archaeological control, exposing an Iron Age roundhouse, further structural evidence and part of two enclosure ditches.

The roundhouse measured some 9m in diameter, had an entrance at the east side, and several internal features survived as well.

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Further middle Iron Age pottery was recovered, of Scored Ware type, and several querns and stone honestones/rubbers were also found.

Wayne Jarvis, from the University of Leicester, said: “This site is interesting because it is on the edge of the village of Welford, which is a historic medieval village.

“When we came here we were expecting that if we found anything it would probably be medieval archaeology.

“What we have found is archaeology from 2,000 years ago and totally unexpected”.

UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER

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Mark Milligan
Mark Milligan
Mark Milligan is multi-award-winning journalist and the Managing Editor at HeritageDaily. His background is in archaeology and computer science, having written over 7,500 articles across several online publications. Mark is a member of the Association of British Science Writers (ABSW), the World Federation of Science Journalists, and in 2023 was the recipient of the British Citizen Award for Education, the BCA Medal of Honour, and the UK Prime Minister's Points of Light Award.

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