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Meet The Ancestors
Daily Post ^ | 8-20-2003 | Mike Hornby

Posted on 08/20/2003 4:15:24 PM PDT by blam

Meet the ancestors

Aug 20 2003

By Mike Hornby, Daily Post Staff

AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL dig in a Cheshire hamlet has emerged as one of Britain's most important excavations ever.

Archaeologists working in Poulton, south of Chester, have discovered evidence of human activity dating back 9,000 years.

They have unearthed five Bronze Age burial mounds, two Roman buildings and a medieval chapel and cemetery.

The series of remarkable discoveries was made during excavations to find the lost Abbey of Poulton which once stood on the site.

Archaeologist Mike Emery has run the dig, on farmland bordering the Duke of Westminster's Eaton estate, for the past eight years.

Each summer, he and a team of volunteers work on the field and first unearthed evidence of medieval occupation, then Roman, and in the past year a prehistoric community.

Mr Emery, who works alongside a team of 20 students from Liverpool and Nottingham Universities, said: "Because of weather conditions, we have probably only spent about 11 months in total actually on the dig. But the discoveries we have made in that short time are remarkable.

"Everybody knows that Chester was an important part of the Roman empire, but now we know there were thriving communities here many thousands of years before the city was settled."

The history and origin of the unearthed chapel are scarcely known, but it probably had a close connection with the last Cistercian abbey of Poulton.

Although the abbey was removed in the 13th century, the Cistercians continued to dominate and shape the landscape around Chester until dissolution in 1534..

It has now been confirmed that at least two Roman buildings exist, one of which contained numerous brooches and coins.

TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: ancestors; ancienthistory; bronzeage; godsgravesglyphs; meet; romanempire; the; unitedkingdom
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1 posted on 08/20/2003 4:15:25 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
Cheddar Man (Descendent Of Stone Age Skeleton Found)

Cheddar man is 9,000 years old.

2 posted on 08/20/2003 4:18:03 PM PDT by blam
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To: farmfriend
3 posted on 08/20/2003 4:18:56 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam
Sound like a popular place to live..

Nice view??
4 posted on 08/20/2003 6:03:08 PM PDT by cavtrooper21 (The only thing criminals will get from me is a .45 bullet or cold steel... Their choice.)
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To: blam; *Gods, Graves, Glyphs; bd476; carenot; CatoRenasci; ckilmer; curmudgeonII; dorothy; ellery; ..
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5 posted on 08/20/2003 7:36:02 PM PDT by farmfriend ( Isaiah 55:10,11)
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How does stuff like buildings get buried in dirt in England over the centuries? How does all that dirt get from underneath to on-top-of? Will the one story buildings of today be underground in a century??
6 posted on 08/20/2003 7:49:36 PM PDT by gcruse (
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They just keep building on top of the old.

The Merchant Adventurers' Hall, built in 1357-62, is a medieval guild hall in York, England. It and it's grounds sit about 6 -7 feet below the rest of the city. It's really weird to see.
7 posted on 08/20/2003 8:58:50 PM PDT by lizma
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Archaeology is the study of old solid waste dumps. - lol
8 posted on 08/21/2003 12:33:48 AM PDT by marsh2
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A Blast from the Past.

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12 posted on 10/23/2006 12:10:41 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Dhimmicrati delenda est!
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