Ancient Wessex News and Information
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Iron Age settlement found in Devon

One of Britain’s biggest and best-preserved prehistoric settlements has been unearthed near Plymouth in Devon, reports the Western Morning News. The excavation is one of the largest investigations of its type undertaken.

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.

“Andy Mayes, who is leading the project, 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.

Recent findings including Iron Age roundhouses, pottery and bone, potentially dating as far back as between 700 BCE – 43 CE and possibly earlier. 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.””

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