Friday, July 10, 2020

Lincolnshire’s past revealed by archaeologists during Bypass works

Discoveries unearthed during the building of the Lincoln Eastern Bypass have revealed evidence of 400,000 years of human history.

In all, almost 270,000 artefacts have been found, during the construction of the new five-mile route, representing every archaeological period from the Palaeolithic era to present day.

Each discovery is now undergoing post-excavation assessment and analysis, with funding from Lincolnshire County Council. That process could take up to five years, after which artefacts will return to the county for the benefit of local residents.

The investigation is probably the largest single archaeological project ever carried out in Lincolnshire, involving discoveries of national and international importance.

A team of up to 100 archaeologists were involved in the original fieldwork, painstakingly revealing archaeological treasures between the River Witham and Washingborough Road.

The discoveries include a Neolithic and Bronze Age riverside ceremonial landscape, a Bronze Age oak log-boat and a Middle Saxon Christian cemetery with more than 750 human skeletons.

Preliminary analysis has suggested that a copper axe and two of the burials date from the Chalcolithic or “Copper Age”. This is of particular significance as, unlike on the European mainland, the Chalcolithic is a period largely unrepresented in Britain.

Archaeologists also unearthed Mesolithic and Neolithic flint tools, part of a Bronze Age barrow cemetery, a possible Iron Age roundhouse, high-status Roman buildings and pottery kilns, Medieval monastic grange including on-site beer and bread making, Post-medieval farm buildings and a complex water management system.

Project co-leader Dr Peter Townend said: “Following the successful completion of the archaeological fieldwork along the route of the Lincoln Eastern Bypass, Network Archaeology has started on the post-excavation phase. The first stage is well underway, and Network Archaeology has a dedicated team of in-house archaeologists collating and assessing the data.

“We’ve also engaged more than 20 nationally recognised experts – each one a specialist in a particular type or period of artefact – to examine, catalogue and date each individual find.”

Besides uncovering and cataloguing the finds, the project is aiming to give the public as much access to them as possible.

Peter explained: “A wide-ranging programme of outreach has already given Lincolnshire communities many opportunities to view some of the incredible artefacts and results from the bypass fieldwork. These have included museum displays, weekly updates in the local media and a number of open days, which have been attended by more than 2,000 people.

“Following the completion of the analysis, the results will be distributed in both academic and popular publications, while the finds and records will be returned to Lincolnshire County Council to be curated by the Lincolnshire Museum Service.”

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our news site - please take a moment to read this important message:

As you know, our aim is to bring you, the reader, an editorially led news site and magazine but journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to help to support them.

With the Covid-19 lockdown having a major impact on our industry as a whole, the advertising revenues we normally receive, which helps us cover the cost of our journalists and this website, have been drastically affected.

As such we need your help. If you can support our news sites/magazines with either a small donation of even £1, or a subscription to our magazine, which costs just £27.55 per year, (inc p&P and mailed direct to your door) your generosity will help us weather the storm and continue in our quest to deliver quality journalism.

As a subscriber, you will have unlimited access to our web site and magazine. You'll also be offered VIP invitations to our events, preferential rates to all our awards and get access to exclusive newsletters and content.

Just click here to subscribe and in the meantime may I wish you the very best.

Advertisment








Latest posts

Step inside this serene family home

Boasting open farmland views of Fenland Countryside, this idyllic detached period farmhouse is placed on a 0.65-acre plot down a quiet lane, close to...

University Centre completes in Grantham

Work to create a University Centre to deliver higher education and skills training in Grantham is now complete. Degrees, high-level apprenticeships, diplomas and short courses...

Greater Lincolnshire receives £25.8m in ‘new deal’

The Greater Lincolnshire LEP has received a £25.8 million cash boost from the Government to fund ‘shovel-ready’ projects to help the local economy and...

Scunthorpe’s Church Square to be transformed into urban park

Church Square in Scunthorpe’s High Street will undergo a dramatic redevelopment as North Lincolnshire Council is to create an urban park at the centre...

Lincoln Christmas Market cancelled as coronavirus crisis continues

Lincoln Christmas Market 2020 has been cancelled due to the ongoing threat of the UK’s coronavirus crisis. City of Lincoln Council has made the difficult...

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

Close