Thursday 3rd March 2022

Kirklevington Primary School students helps us discover a prehistoric settlement

Year two and three students from Kirklevington Primary School have discovered new evidence of a prehistoric settlement, following a visit to our new Oaklands site on St Martin’s Way, in Kirklevington

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28 children from the local school were invited to our Oaklands development and given a tour of the excavations by Jamie Armstrong, Senior Archaeologist for Archaeological Services Durham University. During the site visit, students found out about how professional archaeologists carry out excavations and record their findings, before being shown a selection of artefacts that have been found on site. 

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Trenches were excavated across parts of this enclosure and a selection of pottery fragments were found, as well as fragments of animal bone. 

A series of gullies likely to be the remains of roundhouses were discovered within the enclosure, which also typically date back to the Iron Age or Romano-British period, along with other features such as post holes and small pits. The initial interpretation of the site is that it was a small enclosed farmstead.

The visit was organised by our local North Yorkshire team, in order to give the children an opportunity to learn all about what life was like in Kirklevington 2000 years ago.  

Commenting on the visit, Kathryn Warren, Teacher at Kirklevington Primary School, said: “We are very grateful to Taylor Wimpey for taking the time to educate our pupils about these exciting archaeological finds. Learning about local history is extremely important for the children as it allows them to understand and explore the area they live in, as well as helping them to gain a sense of identity.”