Iron Age settlement revealed near Plymouth

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Experts believe they have unearthed one of Britain’s biggest and best-preserved pre-historic settlements near Plymouth.

Iron Age settlement revealed near Plymouth
An archaeologist at work on the extensive Iron Age site at Sherford, 
near Plymouth [Credit: Guy Channing/Formedia]

Evidence of several families living and working on the land more than 3,000 years ago has been discovered by archaeologists in preparation for major building work on the site.

The excavation is one of the largest investigations of its type undertaken due to the sheer scale of the site.

Iron Age settlement revealed near Plymouth
An archaeologist at work on the extensive Iron Age site at Sherford,
 near Plymouth [Credit: Guy Channing/Formedia]

Andy Mayes, who is leading the project, described the discovery as “very exciting” for those wanting to find out more about how humans survived during the Iron Age.

He said: “What’s fantastic is we’re looking at an unusually large area showing a whole prehistoric landscape. There hasn’t been a great deal of disturbance on the site previously, and it’s in pretty good condition under the surface, so it’s a question of targeting those areas of significance. A development like this gives archaeologists a very detailed impression of prehistoric landscapes.”

Iron Age settlement revealed near Plymouth
Archaeologists at work on the extensive Iron Age site at Sherford, 
near Plymouth [Credit: Guy Channing/Formedia]

The full archaeological dig started at Sherford near Plymouth, two weeks ago, ahead of work to build a new town.

Recent findings including Iron Age roundhouses, pottery and bone, potentially dating as far back as between 700BC – AD43 and possibly earlier.

Iron Age settlement revealed near Plymouth
An example of an Iron Age ruondhouse 
[Credit: WikiCommons]

Andy said: “We found three roundhouses which are likely to be Iron Age in date. We can see from geophysics alone that there were communities living and working on the site probably from the Bronze Age.

“I would say in terms of scale this is the largest investigation that’s taken place within the area.”

The team of archaeologists is expected to spend around ten weeks at the site and hope the results will provide a valuable insight into the lives of the people that lived and worked at Sherford in the later prehistoric and Romano British periods.

Author: J. Bayley | Source: Western Morning News [October 02, 2015]

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