berkshire quarry

Excavations at Kingsmead Quarry, Berkshire, England have revealed a highly complex archaeological landscape.

This site has been used by humans since the last Ice Age, over a period of approximately 12,000 years. There is a limited amount of evidence for the Iron Age occupation of the site. The silver Iron Age coin shown above is an example of such evidence. 

This coin represents a silver half unit, and likely dates from the mid to late part of the third quarter of the first century BC.

Courtesy of Wessex Archaeology.

'Oldest settlement' finds from Kingsmead Quarry to go on show

An exhibition will be held to showcase the rare archaeological discoveries made in a Berkshire quarry and the stories behind them.

Among the finds at Kingsmead Quarry, Horton, were four Neolithic houses thought to make up one of the oldest settlements ever found in England.

Other finds at the site suggest people have used the area since the end of the last Ice Age, about 12,000 years ago.

The free exhibition will be at Wraysbury Village Hall on 27 April.

Archaeologists, who have been excavating on the site for 10 years, said the discovery of the 5,700-year-old Neolithic house foundations was “unprecedented”.

Dr Alistair Barclay, of Wessex Archaeology, said it was the first time more than one house from this time had been found on a single site in England. Read more.