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Oxford Park Holds Treasures Dating Back 9,000 Years

Thursday, January 24, 2013

DIDCOT, ENGLAND—Bronze Age arrowheads, a structure that was once a Roman villa, and 9,000-year-old flints have been uncovered during a two-and-a-half-year dig at the Great Western Park, just a few miles south of Oxford, England. “There might have been one or two finds from the Mesolithic period in the past but they have not been scientifically dated in such a significant way before—these were working flints used around campfires about 9,000 years ago,” said Rob Masefield, the excavation leader. The site, which is being excavated in preparation for the construction of more than 3,000 homes, also offered up a Neolithic bowl and a burial mound dating back to the Bronze Age.