Bulford

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Important archaeological remains have been uncovered on Ministry of Defence land earmarked for 227 new Army family homes in Bulford, Wiltshire. The excavation, by Wessex Archaeology working for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and its consultants WYG, revealed Neolithic pits, prehistoric ring ditches, an Anglo-Saxon cemetery and 20th-century military features.
 
The development is part of plans by the MOD, under its Army Basing Programme, to accommodate the 4000 service personnel plus their families who will be returning from Germany to bases on and around Salisbury Plain. 
 
The Anglo-Saxon cemetery contained about 150 burials, one of which has been radiocarbon dated to between AD 660 and 780. This falls in the mid-Saxon period in England. Grave goods included spears, knives, jewellery, bone combs and other personal items. 
 
A second phase of excavation will examine the two prehistoric monuments close to where the cemetery was established. These may be Bronze Age round barrows with earlier, possibly Neolithic origins. Nearby Neolithic pits contained pottery, animal bones, tools, and other objects of stone, chalk and flint. 
 
The 20th-century military features included World War 1 training trenches and World War 2 anti-tank firing ranges. 
 
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