Construction work in England unearths 9,000-year-old village

Published on February 15th, 2013 | by Sevaan Franks

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Excavations have revealed that the site of a new development in England has actually been home to people dating back 9,000 years.

“We’re only just finding out about this, and you blink and more houses have gone up,” she said.

“We’re losing our history just as we’re finding out about it.”

Grain storage pits were later used for ritual feasting and many animal bones were found
But Mr Masefield said although the site was the largest and “most significant” dig in recent years in Oxfordshire, there was nothing of “schedulable value” – so important that it could be legally protected.

He said it was so significant because it “allows the interpretation of a large area of landscape through the ages”.

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Story: Eleanor Williams, BBC News | Photo: BBC News

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