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 September, 2019

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10th September, 2019

Breakfast, lunch, or a quick bite on the go, @GannetsInNewark Middlebeck will serve up all kinds of healthy, homemade dishes! Opening in October http://ow.ly/Bp1w50vP8bt https://pic.twitter.com/6nGCUU3M0Y

5th September, 2019

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2nd September, 2019

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30th August, 2019

A huge congratulations to Team Middlebeck for completing the Newark Half Marathon earlier this month! Were you there too? Let us know how you got on! https://pic.twitter.com/52UpSaBpUw

29th August, 2019

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22nd August, 2019

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20th August, 2019

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18th August, 2019

Breakfast, lunch, or coffee and cake…Middlebeck's new café will serve a delicious menu of tempting homemade dishes. Keep an eye out for more details coming soon! https://pic.twitter.com/TfpzrLhDIZ

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