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Ancient remains discovered in Goldcliff near Newport

ANCIENT remains dating back more than 7,000 years have been discovered near Newport.

Researchers from the University of Reading have uncovered 7,500 year-old worked flint ‘tools’, bones, charcoal and hazelnut shells while working at Goldcliff in September of last year.

The finds show that Stone Age people were more than just hunter-gathers, using fire to encourage the growth of plants, such as hazelnuts, crab apples and raspberries. The researchers believe these were all eaten.

Over the last two summers researchers have found Stone Age footprints at Goldcliff and new archaeological finds, including footprints of animals and birds, are constantly being made in the Severn Estuary.

Professor Martin Bell, head of the University of Reading’s department of Archaeology, said: "The 7500 year-old footprint trails show how the activity areas represented by flint tools and bones articulated together as parts of a living stone age landscape."

He added: "The footprints include those made by children, which is extremely exciting as the role of children tends not to be visible in the archaeological record."

"They show youngsters as young as four were actively engaged in the productive activities of the community."
moss Posted by moss
8th January 2013ce

Comments (3)

There was a Time Team episode from Goldcliffe a few years ago.
They showed some of the footprints which was (I thought anyway!) really exciting.
If planning a visit to Goldcliffe don't expect to see anything other than the water (tide in) or lots of mud (tide out!)
Posted by CARL
8th January 2013ce
Thanks very much for posting this Moss, I must admit to being very moved by these Gwent sites, even though there was nothing to see, especially seeing the line of fishermen on the flats, a continuity of sorts over 7,000 years. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
8th January 2013ce
The estuary is an exciting place, though dangerous, the thought of those children's footsteps is somewhat poignant. Whenever we crossed the bridge to Wales it was like going into another country, tales of the romans who got drowned with their horses because they did not get across quickly enough, or the pool that would drown you unless you turned your back to it, and then of course the annual event of the 'great bore'. Can't beat the great Severn river with all its history... moss Posted by moss
9th January 2013ce
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