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Archaeologists unearth evidence of early habitation in Durham

Durham is a historic city and the county town of County Durham in North East England.

The present city can be traced back to around AD 995, when a group of monks from Lindisfarne chose the strategic high peninsula as a place to settle with the body of Saint Cuthbert (Cuthbert was an Anglo-Saxon saint of the early Northumbrian church).

Archaeologists excavating a construction site have discovered human cremated remains dating to around 90BC – 60AD, making the remains the earliest recorded resident of the Durham area and further evidence of early settlement at least 2,000 years ago.

Dr David Mason, Principal Archaeologist at Durham County Council, said the discoveries were very significant and were further evidence that people lived in the area during the Iron Age (800BC-43AD) and Romano-British (43-410AD) periods.

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As well as evidence of the Iron Age cremation, archaeologists found items from medieval rubbish pits and 18th Century street-front buildings.

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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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