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Archaeologists unearth multi-period site with ceremonial monument

An archaeological investigation near the village of Biddenham in Bedfordshire, England, has uncovered a large ceremonial monument and several ancient structures.

Excavations were conducted by Albion Archaeology, in conjunction with RPS Consulting Services after previous phases of an archaeological evaluation (desk-based study, geophysical survey, and trial trenching), suggested evidence of Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, and Saxon activity.

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The earliest remains in situ, consists of a Neolithic/early Bronze Age monument, that researchers believe dates from around 6000 years ago, and may have served as a ceremonial centre.

The researchers also discovered evidence of an Iron Age settlement, including at least one roundhouse, and several storage pits for preserving seed grain overwinter for sowing in the spring.

Excavating the Saxon oven – Image Credit : Iain Leslie

The most unexpected discovery was the presence of relatively extensive Anglo-Saxon remains. These included a sunken-featured building’ and several contemporary structures, in addition to an oven for baking bread or drying grain.

Iain Leslie from Albion Archaeology said: “The investigations have revealed a wealth of information about the previous inhabitants of the area, stretching back as much as 6000  years. The remains offer a fantastic addition to our knowledge of Neolithic/early Bronze Age, Iron Age and Anglo-Saxon settlement in the area and will contribute significantly to our understanding of how the local landscape was inhabited during these periods.

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Header Image Credit : Iain Leslie

 

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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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