Archaeologists invite public to Longstanton Iron Age dig

Whetstone for sharpening iron blades
Image caption A fragment of whetstone used for sharpening iron blades, found at the Longstanton site

Archaeologists have opened a dig site in Cambridgeshire to the public for one day before new homes are built over it.

The dig is in the village of Longstanton which is in an area that has already thrown up Iron Age, Roman, Saxon and mediaeval finds.

A team from Birmingham University are carrying out the dig before house building begins.

Pottery, bone and stone tools have recently been found at the site which is open to visitors on Thursday.

"This most recent dig has uncovered an Iron Age enclosure which will be on display during the day," said project manager of Birmingham Archaeology, Samantha Paul.

Image caption A selection of medieval pottery has also been unearthed by archaeologists at Longstanton

"The enclosure contains internal structures, rubbish pits and granaries from the Iron Age settlement.

"Archaeologists will be on hand to explain how these findings help us understand how settlers lived, how they worked the land, their crops and their herds."

The university's team of archaeologists will wrap up their excavations at Longstanton, funded by Kier Homes, at the end of May.

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