Unearthing the history of Middlebeck

Archaeological investigations are required before any development can take place, so Urban&Civic as master developers for Middlebeck, invited a team of experts from Oxford Archaeology North to take the lead in the excavations and ensure that any findings were recorded and preserved.

Whilst Newark is a town rich in history, the team of excavators were not expecting to unearth the array of fascinating finds that have been discovered so far, which are believed to be some of the most significant in the country and indicate a long-lived and intensely occupied landscape.

At this point in time, these settlements have been identified with the Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age (c 2500-1500 BC), Middle to Late Iron Age (c 400BC-100 AD) and Romano-British (100-410 AD) periods. There are even elements that extend as far back as the Early Neolithic (4000-3500 BC).

Just a few of the discoveries made so far:

  • An extensive array of ditch-defined enclosures and field boundaries (possibly Middle to Late Iron Age)
  • Remains of almost a dozen round houses (Middle to Late Iron Age)
  • A barrow and cremation cemetery (possibly Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age)
  • Relatively well-preserved, clay-lined kilns (possibly late Romano-British or Early Post-Roman)

As an expansion of the public outreach work initiated during the first phase, the project has included a number of excavation visits by interested community groups, including the Newark & Nottingham Young Archaeologist Clubs and local archaeology and history groups such as the Farndon Archaeological Research Investigations (FARI).

The project continues to the west of Bowbridge Lane to prepare the site for the next phase of development.

With thanks to Dr. Adam Tinsley, Oxford Archaeology.

14th October, 2018

Did you know? Middlebeck takes its name from the stream that flows through it, and the pace of life here is a reflection of it too: http://bit.ly/2C0dxSN https://pic.twitter.com/7t2FexSs1C

12th October, 2018

It's been a big year for Middlebeck. Newark's newest neighbourhood is shaping up to be a vibrant new community. Join us: http://bit.ly/2LlLJdp https://pic.twitter.com/kTEQ2nVZ4w

10th October, 2018

All this has happened in a year, imagine what the next 15 could bring… http://bit.ly/2PByebo https://pic.twitter.com/QcWBhP1VoO

22nd September, 2018

This #WorldCarFreeDay, take a break from behind the wheel for a stroll up to Middlebeck https://pic.twitter.com/y8WG16Awqf

14th September, 2018

The Friday feeling is nothing compared to the 'new home feeling' https://pic.twitter.com/Ayu4HWK8ZE

13th September, 2018

Home is where the designer kitchen and bi-fold doors is… Isn't that right, @AvantHomes? http://ow.ly/vSV330lNJFr https://pic.twitter.com/UrxkBE4D44

31st August, 2018

It's #EatOutsideDay, so make the most of your new home and the last of the summer with a family meal al fresco! https://pic.twitter.com/nfxfA0M28k

27th August, 2018

Bring the outdoors in or the indoors out this bank holiday. How will you be spending yours? https://pic.twitter.com/IIs6OmN6za

22nd August, 2018

If you're looking for a commute with a difference, Middlebeck is perfectly placed to reach major towns and cities across the country. http://bit.ly/2LwIpw4 https://pic.twitter.com/uDifoxwSoa

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