What secrets has this huge hole at the University of Lincoln revealed?
By PWhitelam_LE | Posted: November 26, 2015
Archaeolgists have discovered stone and flint tools from the people who hunted deer and foraged for berries up to 11,000 years ago at what we now know as the University of Lincoln campus.
The team from Allen Archaeology have excavated tonnes of mud from 3 metres below the ground, and sifting the earth has revealed knives probably used for hunting and cutting meat and preparing plants for eating.
Gavin Glover, project manager, said: "There's a known Mesolithic flint scatter close to this particular site from somewhere between 9,000BC and 5,000BC and we have found a continuation of that.
"The finds are stone and flint tools, which tend to be small cutting blades for domestic use including hunting, butchering animals and preparing plants.
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"There's no sense of Lincoln back then but it is evidence of some of the earliest human inhabitants in the area.
"The site would have been a sandbar at the edge of the water of what would have been the forerunner of the Brayford Pool.
"This was a time before farming when people would have lived in small groups moving through the landscape hunting deer and foraging for plants and berries."
Kevin MacDonald, project manager at the University of Lincoln, said: "We know that the Brayford Pool area has a rich history so we take our responsibilities to preserving its archaeology very seriously with every major new capital project on our campus.
"These archaeological excavations have been a real talking point already for students and visitors and we look forward to receiving the final survey report from our specialists, Allen Archaeology.
"The work itself is the first major step in construction of the second phase of the Isaac Newton Building which will provide state-of-the-art new facilities for teaching and research in computer science, engineering and mathematics and physics."
Archaeologists expect to be on site until the end of next week.
Lincoln's first known settlement, dating back to first century BC, was around the Brayford Pool area.
The pool even gave Lincoln its name, a derivative of Lindon. The Lin' means pool and 'don' means at the foot of the hill.
Timber houses and pottery, and the famous Witham Field dating to 300BC, were found east of the water.
Following the Roman invasion in AD48 the pool became an important inland port but it was the Vikings in the 10th century who named it 'Breit-ford' - where the 'where the river is broad and fordable'.
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