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Neolithic Settlement found at Borras

Excavations at Borras Quarry, Wrexham Archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a Neolithic settlement at Tarmacís quarry at Borras near Wrexham. The discovery was made while conducting a watching brief, during the removal of topsoil and subsoil in preparation for gravel extraction at the new Holt Estate section of the quarry.

Tarmac have now suspended operations whilst archaeologists from CPAT excavate the remains, which are thought to be around 4,000 years old.

This is an important discovery as there is currently very little evidence for Neolithic settlement in this part of Wales. A team of archaeologists will start excavating the site on 16th June and although at present the full extent of the remains is not known the excavation is likely to continue for several weeks. It is hoped that the excavations will reveal more evidence for occupation, possibly including the remains of timber houses.

Since news of the find went public, the story has been carried by a number of news organisations, not to mention the large number of news blogs and archaeological websites that have linked to these from all over Europe. See what some of them have to say by following the links below . . .
Click here to download a copy of the booklet

The Daily Post - Stone Age revelation in Wrexham's Borras quarry
BBC News website - Dig unearths Neolithic settlement
BBC North East Wales Weblog - Stone Age site found at Borras quarry

CPAT has now produced a booklet about the recent work at Borras. Follow this link to download your copy now!

Nigel Jones, June 2008

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