Monday 12th September 2022

Evidence of Bronze Age artefacts found in Overstone

Archaeologists from MOLA Northampton have discovered an array of ancient artefacts, as well as a Bronze Age round barrow, at the site of a new housing development in Overstone, Northamptonshire


Archaeologists discover Bronze Age artefacts

These revealed the outline of the Bronze Age round barrow, which archaeologists believe date back to 1500-2000 BC.

One of the more remarkable discoveries was a Roman stone building, containing elaborate painted plasterwork and an underground room. Structures of this quality are highly unusual in rural settings and according to MOLA archaeologists, this may have been used as a shrine associated with a nearby spring. 


Victor Idowu, Land and Planning Director at Taylor Wimpey South Midlands, said: “The findings here are not only important within an archaeological context, but they will now influence the placemaking of the site. Spring courses are being preserved and displayed in the green open spaces in order to champion the site’s history and its significance within the local area.”