10th July 2006



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The earliest evidence of human activity in Lincoln, dating back to around 4,500-6,500BC, has been discovered by archaeologists at the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Pool campus.


Hundreds of pieces of flint have been unearthed during excavation of a new flood alleviation pond to the south of the university’s Lincoln School of Architecture.


Many of the flints are waste flakes from the manufacture of tools made on the site. Tools found include microliths and blades which are typical of the Mesolithic period, or Middle Stone Age.


Two early Neolithic arrowheads, which are slightly more recent in date, were also found.


The university commissioned Lindsey Archaeological Services to carry out an archaeological fieldwork study to record archaeological remains which would be removed by the construction work on the site.


A full report will be published by Lindsey Archaeological Services once the findings have undergone more detailed analysis.


City Archaeologist Mick Jones said: “This extremely important site is by far the earliest evidence of human activity on the site of the present-day city.”


The previous earliest evidence was of an Iron Age building dating to the first century BC (also found near the Brayford Pool).


From now until September work on the new pond will continue. Other projects on the site include the new £6 million students’ union which is due to open in September, a £6m School of Performing Arts, a new dedicated building for the Lincoln Business School and state-of-the-art sports science laboratories.


To arrange an interview with Naomi Field please call Lindsey Archaeological Services on 01522 544554.


For more information contact:

Kate Strawson Press Officer

(01522) 886244 kstrawson@lincoln.ac.uk

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