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    Prehistoric finds at motorway dig

    More than 3,000 objects were found
    New evidence of prehistoric life has been discovered during motorway excavations in Merseyside.
    A team of archaeologists found flints and burnt hazelnuts during preparations for a new junction of the M62.

    The archaeological findings date from the Mesolithic to the Bronze Age periods - around 5000 to 2000 BC.

    The pieces were found while the excavations were being carried out for a new link road at Junction six near Huyton.

    'Very exciting'


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    Ron Cowell, curator of prehistoric archaeology at Liverpool Museum, said the find is among the oldest in Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire.

    He said: "Discoveries of settlements like this are quite common in upland areas like the Peak District but in lowland places, which have been farmed for centuries and built upon time and again, it is very exciting."

    In total, the dig recovered more than 3,000 objects ranging from prehistoric to Roman, including pottery and tiles that were made for the 20th Roman Legion based in Chester around 167 AD.

    The site was not important enough to block the motorway scheme and it is once again buried - below the new 38m Junction 6 at Tarbock Island.

    Gary Hilton, Highways Agency project manager, said: "The Highways Agency takes its responsibility for our heritage very seriously and we are delighted to have found this window into the past."

    The artefacts will now go on public display at Liverpool's World Museum.

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    Excellent news and exciting indeed! Thanks for posting this news report, Jimmy. Great to know the artifacts will go on display Liverpool's World Museum.

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    there used to be a load of ancient artifacts and relics down the grabbee ( grafton ) everyfriday night

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoney View Post
    there used to be a load of ancient artifacts and relics down the grabbee ( grafton ) everyfriday night

    But 20 years before your time it was a great place to be .
    Better than the 'fight shop' next door. (Carno)
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    Quote Originally Posted by phredd View Post
    But 20 years before your time it was a great place to be .
    Better than the 'fight shop' next door. (Carno)
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