EXCITEMENT is already mounting on the Heath as the latest, and last, of the archaeological excavations have unearthed a flint tool dating from 10,000BC.
The oldest items found so far in the digs for the extensive four-year People of the Heath project have been Mesolithic flints in a number of locations, dating from 7,500BC. But the flint tool is from the much earlier Paleolithic period.
“This pushes things back a bit,” explained project co-director George Anelay. “This means we now have at least some evidence for a presence on the Heath from the end of the last Ice Age up to the present.”
Four barrows are being explored this time round, including the Heath’s largest.
If you are interested in finding out more, join George’s free half-hour tours from Tuesdays to Saturdays at 4.30pm from the car park in Heath Road. No need to book.