Palaeolithic

​The site of Chester Farm owes its attractiveness as a place for human activity and settlement to the Ice Age (more than 12,000 years ago). At that time, seasonal meltwater rivers gouged valleys into the countryside and the current river Nene flows in the base of one of these.

At the same time, the seasonal melt produced springs that gushed from the valley sides, eroding their own smaller valleys that can be seen as you walk across the site.

This period was a time of extremes of weather and human activity was limited.  However in amongst the gravels of the flood plain, many traces of life from this period have been recovered. These include flint tools used by the people, as well as the bones of the large mammals that wandered the land such as mammoth and woolly rhino.

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about 2 months ago

Steve on Twitter

We did find a barn owl here when we started work, so we had to stop! Now owl boxes have been provided, so hopefully he is settled into a new home. #na...

We did find a barn owl here when we started work, so we had to stop! Now owl boxes have been provided, so hopefully he is settled into a new home. #na...
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about 2 months ago

BSH on Twitter

We stand corrected about the sundial by the knowledgeable #volunteer who provided the photo. And we apologise for being too quick to assume the old te...

We stand corrected about the sundial by the knowledgeable #volunteer who provided the photo. And we apologise for being too quick to assume the old te...
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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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