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Abandoned medieval village uncovered by roadworks off the A14 near Cambridge
A skeleton found at the site
An abandoned Medieval village has been found during roadworks near the A14.
Construction workers drafted in 250 archaeologists to help them investigate anything they might find during the £1.5bn scheme to improve a 21-mile section of road between Cambridge and Huntingdon.
The area being investigated covers 350 hectares – equivalent to around 800 five-a-side football pitches.
They have found a village abandoned in the 12th century, with the remains of 12 medieval buildings covering an area of six hectares.
The earlier remains of up to 40 Anglo Saxon timber buildings are also identifiable, with alleys winding between houses, workshops and agricultural buildings.
It is thought to have been occupied from the eighth to the 12th centuries.
The medieval village being excavated near Houghton
Workers also found a Roman brooch shaped like a chicken
A Neolithic henge monument found during the A14 upgrade project
Various Roman artefects have also been found at the site, as well as prehistoric henge monuments.
Archaeologists led by MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) Headland Infrastructure have dug more than 40 separate excavation areas, and expect to complete work by summer.
They believe their finds have enabled a better understanding of how the Cambridgeshire landscape was used over 6,000 years of occupation.
Their other discoveries include a Roman trade distribution centre which would have played a pivotal part in the region’s supply chain, and was linked to the surrounding farmsteads by trackways as well as the main Roman road between Cambridge and Godmanchester.
The discovery of artefacts at the site relating to the Roman army indicates that this trade was controlled centrally.
Archaeologists record finds from the site
The excavation seen from the air
A bone flute. Carbon dating can be done at the site, and DNA samples are taken and sent out for analysis.
He inspects an iron age timber ladder
A Roman jet Medusa head found at the site
Three prehistoric henge monuments, which are likely to have been a place for ceremonial gatherings and measure up to 50 metres (164 ft) in diameter, have also been found.
Other monuments include 40 Roman industrial pottery kilns along Roman roads, seven prehistoric burial grounds, eight Iron Age to Roman supply farms, two post-medieval brick kilns and three Saxon settlement sites.
Artefacts have also been uncovered, including a rare Anglo Saxon bone flute from the fifth to ninth century, an ornate Roman jet pendant depicting the head of Medusa, and a Middle Iron Age timber ladder.
Dr Steve Sherlock, archaeology lead for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon project for Highways England, said: ‘The archive of finds, samples and original records will be stored so that the data and knowledge is preserved for this and future generations.’
Kasia Gdaniec, senior archaeologist for Cambridgeshire County Council, said the archaeology programme had exposed an ‘astonishing array of remarkable new sites that reveal the previously unknown character of ancient settlement across the western Cambridgeshire clay plain’.
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