Find out about archaeological finds at open day

Date: Monday 09 June 2014

Ridgeway Farm archaeology open day web

People will be able to get an insight into a small Iron Age settlement uncovered by archaeological investigation at Ridgeway Farm in Swindon during a special open day.

We are inviting people to visit the site, where we are creating a development of 700 high-quality homes, on Saturday 21st June to meet the team which has carried out the work and find out more about what has been uncovered.

Features discovered during the work suggest that the area was once a small Iron Age settlement, perhaps occupied by a single family group, which continued on into the Roman period. 

The investigation work has uncovered several roundhouses, pottery which would have been used for storing food, loom weights for weaving, quern stones for grinding corn and various personal items.

The work has been carried out by Wessex Archaeology, who were appointed by us. 

The original dig started on land allocated for the second phase of homes at Ridgeway Farm, and was extended by 0.5 hectares to the north and north west.

Andrew Manning, Senior Project Manager from Wessex Archaeology, says: “We have discovered a number of features which are of local significance – this means that our discoveries are not going to change our understanding of the archaeology of the region, but they are of interest.

“Our excavation work will be complete within two to three weeks, after which we will carry out detailed analysis of the finds.”

John Louth, Major Projects Director for Taylor Wimpey, says: “We are looking forward to welcoming the local community to Ridgeway Farm to see the archaeological features we have discovered and to find out more about the work we have been doing and what happens next.

“We appreciate that these finds are of interest to the local community and, once our specialist contractors have completed their detailed analysis, items will be displayed in a local museum.

“As a responsible developer, we are committed to the communities in which we build, which is why we have chosen to extend the area of our archaeological investigation to ensure that any features of interest can be investigated thoroughly before we begin building work.”

The open day will take place on Saturday 21st June from 10am to 2pm at Ridgeway Farm, Common Platt, Swindon, SN5 4JT.