Didcot dig: MP Ed Vaizey supports history trail plans
- 23 February 2014
- From the section Oxford
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey is supporting a campaign for a history trail through a new housing estate.
Archaeologists discovered hunter-gatherers lived on the site of the Great Western Park development in Didcot, Oxfordshire, 9,000 years ago.
About 3,300 homes, schools and shops are being built on the 180-hectare site east of the town.
A petition in favour of installing a history trail has been signed by nearly 1,100 people.
The Didcot Dogmile group wants the archaeology found at the site marked and displayed through a trail with information boards and a reconstruction of an Iron Age roundhouse.
Karen Waggott, from the group, said: "This community petition asks that this story is not buried in a report and under housing."
The petition has been submitted to Oxfordshire County Council.
Mr Vaizey said: "We have been contacted about this, and we are, in turn, contacting the developers and English Heritage to see if we can help.
"In principle I am very much in favour of a history trail."
Among other discoveries made by archaeologists during 2010-13 excavations were a rare and complete neolithic bowl dating from about 3,600 BC, a Bronze Age burial mound, 60 Iron Age roundhouses and up to 50 burials.
A Roman farmstead was also discovered.
The history trail plan is backed by Didcot Town Council.