3300 homes are being constructed at Cambourne3300 homes are being constructed at Cambourne
A record of over 1,000 years of uninterrupted settlement has been discovered in a huge archaeological excavation across six square kilometres (almost two and a half square miles) near Cambridge.
Up to 35 archaeologists have worked on and off for seven years at the site at Cambourne, nine miles west of the city, in advance of the construction of a new settlement with 3,300 homes.
Cambourne has given Wessex Archaeology, which carried out the work, an insight into the way the land was used in the Iron Age, during the Roman occupation and through to Saxon times to grow crops and keep animals, and how the Celts lived both before and after the Roman invasion.
This female head forms part of the spout of a Roman flagon.This female head forms part of the spout of a Roman flagon.
The objects found at Cambourne include a collection of Roman domestic items, dating mainly to the 4th century and including cutlery, keys, tweezers, brooches and pins.
Cambourne is remarkable for the fact that we have evidence of settlement in the same place from about 800BC to 800AD. Archaeologists rarely get such an extended picture of the use of the landscape.
This is made even more remarkable for the fact that no one expected anything to be found at Cambourne – archaeologists had first thought that no settlement existed on the thick clay soils until Medieval times.
This project site gives more details of work on what is one of the largest sites ever excavated in Britain.
View an online exhibition of this site


The archive for this project has now been deposited with Cambridgeshire County Council Heritage Services.