Residents discover archaeological finds

Date: Monday 23 June 2014

Ridgeway Farm open event web

Around 150 people got the chance to see items discovered during an archaeological dig at Ridgeway Farm in Swindon and meet the team which carried out the work during a special open day.

We are creating a development of 700 high-quality homes at Ridgeway Farm, which is located off Common Platt, and we invited people to visit the site on Saturday 21st June.

Visitors were shown around the site by representatives of our Oxfordshire regional business and Wessex Archaeology, who we appointed to carry out the archaeological investigation work.

They also got the chance to see some of the finds discovered, which included pottery, quern stones for grinding corn and various personal items, and to find out more about the discoveries from the Wessex Archaeology team.

Mary Beck, Project Manager for Taylor Wimpey, says: “We had a fantastic turn-out for the archaeology open day and people who visited were really interested to learn more about what was found during the dig.

“We decided to hold the event because we appreciate that local people may be interested in the finds made, and we hope that everyone who visited the site on Saturday found the open day interesting and informative.

“Now that the archaeological work is complete, Wessex Archaeology will complete detailed analysis of the items found. When this analysis is done, the finds will be displayed in a local museum for the local community to view.”

Senior Project Manager Andrew Manning, of Wessex Archaeology, says: “People who came along to the open day were very interested to learn about the finds made and we were pleased to answer all of their questions.

“By running guided tours of the site, we were able to give people an interesting insight into our work and show them where we discovered each of the items found.

“The features which were 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.”

For more information on the finds discovered at Ridgeway Farm, visit www.wessexarch.co.uk/projects/ridgeway-farm