IC Northwales: Excavations of a site near the Duke of Westminster's Eaton estate in Chester,
England may provide work for archaeologists for many years. A new dig shows
that the area has known human habitation dating back 9,000 years.
Archaeologists working on farmland near the Welsh border are being
well-rewarded for their labor. So far, the site has yielded five Bronze Age
burial mounds, two Roman buildings, a Cistercian Abbey, a chapel, and a medieval
cemetery. "Wherever we go on this land we just pick up more and more
information," said archaeologist Mike Emery.
In the past eight years, Emery and his team of volunteers have been working on
the site, which they believe to have been continuously occupied for 9,000 years.
Originally, the dig was centered on attempts to find a lost medieval abbey, but it
has been expanded as more discoveries from different time periods have been
made. "This dig will be my only job for the next 20 years," Emery added.
The site is scheduled to be the topic of a special edition of Channel 4's
Time Team, to be hosted by actor Ralph Fiennes.