Heslington East Community Archaeology Project

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Welcome to the Heslington East Community Archaeology Project

This project is part of the development of a new university campus at Heslington East. It is a way for local people, commercial archaeologists (York Archaeological Trust and On Site Archaeology) and the Department of Archaeology at the University of York to work together on a single site and, in doing so, to improve our knowledge and understanding of the areas around Heslington, Badger Hill and Grimston.

Before the work to build the campus began archaeologists understood little about the amount of settlement here in the past because the fields at Heslington East, on Kimberlow Hill, were only known previously as agricultural land. We have been slowly building up a picture of what it was like here in the past, after the end of the last ice age there was some human activity in this area and settled communities were living here from the Bronze Age period, about 4000 years ago. Work and analysis is continuing on the site in 2011 but here we bring you the results so far of ‘work in progress’.

The project has been greatly supported by John Oxley, the archaeologist for the City of York, who is responsible for making sure that the archaeology has been properly recorded before development takes place. The Heritage Lottery Fund gave us a grant in 2010 in order to allow more local people be involved with the project, and know more about what life was like here over the last 10,000 years!

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