Melbourn Village College makes no bones about archaeology display

PUBLISHED: 17:01 15 February 2018

Cynthia and Brian Pepper with project officer Stuart Ladd explaining the history of the Bronze Age skeleton found in the Barrow. Picture: Clive Porter

Cynthia and Brian Pepper with project officer Stuart Ladd explaining the history of the Bronze Age skeleton found in the Barrow. Picture: Clive Porter

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Findings from an excavation of a field in Melbourn have been displayed at the village college for all to see.

The remains of the elk’s antler. Picture: Clive PorterThe remains of the elk’s antler. Picture: Clive Porter

An Oxford Archaeology East team discovered between August and December last year, that not only did it contain Mesolithic and early Neolithic artifacts, but also there were finds from the Bronze Age.

Project fieldwork officer Stuart Ladd said: “One of the pits contained antlers of red and roe deer, and an elk – one of the largest deer species which is not even a native of this part of the world.

“Further excavations disclosed a further double ditched one that was truncated by an early Medieval ditch. In its centre was a Beaker period burial of an adolescent crouched on its side, holding a flint knife, just centimeters from the hollow way of the road.”

The findings were on display at Melbourn Village College. Picture: Clive PorterThe findings were on display at Melbourn Village College. Picture: Clive Porter

Community archaeology manager Clemency Cooper said: “It is very important to share the results of our excavations with the public. We work closely with local schools and other public bodies. This has been a really good community event, with lots of local interest, and very well attended.”

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