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Gluttony at Glenfield Park

Started by gash, December 26, 2017, 01:55:37 pm

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Just west of Leicester, between the villages of Glenfield and Kirby Muxloe, archaeologists from the University of Leicester Archaeological Services (ULAS) have uncovered a large archaeological site with evidence of long-term occupation from the Iron Age through to the Roman period. The site had been of interest since 1993, when settlement remains from the late Bronze Age and middle Iron Age were discovered. But the 2013-2014 excavations, carried out in advance of the construction of a warehouse and distribution centre, revealed a larger area of the site and were able to determine just how long the site has been occupied.

The most significant finds were the many examples of prehistoric metalwork, the quality and quantity of which are remarkable. They include iron weapons and tools, dress items, and a copper alloy horn-cap, but, in particular, 11 complete cauldrons. Eight of these seem to have been deliberately buried together in a large enclosure ditch, while the others were discovered in different parts of the site. It is one of the largest assemblages of Iron Age cauldrons ever found in Europe and only the second to be uncovered in Britain - the other being the Chiseldon cauldrons excavated by the British Museum and Wessex Archaeology in 2005.

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