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Significant archaeological remains, including Neolithic pits, a prehistoric enclosure and an Anglo-Saxon cemetery, have been found on a site at Tidworth, Wiltshire. The excavation, by Wessex Archaeology, was undertaken ahead of building works associated with a £70 million housing development, providing 322 new homes for Army families, by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) in partnership with Hill, an award-winning housebuilder. 
 

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The pits contained Late Neolithic Grooved Ware pottery of the Woodlands style, and flint tools, antler and burnt flint.
 
The Anglo-Saxon cemetery consisted of around 55 burials, with men, women, juveniles and infants all present. The grave goods, which are consistent with a late 7th- to 8th-century date, included spears, knives, a shield boss, bone combs and pins, buckles, jewellery and a finely decorated bronze workbox.
 
The finds are currently being studied by specialists at Wessex Archaeology in Salisbury.
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