Iron Age

During the Iron Age, the population generally lived in small family farms spread across the countryside. One of these was excavated a few years ago in the area now occupied by the large warehouses to the west of Chester Farm and two more are known to survive under the ground within the site.

Each farm comprised a small number of round houses within a square ditched enclosure. The enclosure was surrounded by fields in which cereals, peas/beans and other crops were grown.

A similar farm, about 3km south of Chester Farm, when excavated produced evidence of bee- keeping. This was  in the form of the bodies of honey bees that had been collecting water to dilute the honey stored in the hive.

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about 2 months ago

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about 3 months ago

Tim Allen on Twitter

Yes there is lots of amazing buried archaeology on our site, not least the whole of a Roman walled small town. https://t.co/5fqc0KXbmb

Yes there is lots of amazing buried archaeology on our site, not least the whole of a Roman walled small town. https://t.co/5fqc0KXbmb
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