Didcot dig: MP Ed Vaizey supports history trail plans
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.
Timeline of finds at the site
- Mesolithic - 10,000 to 4,000 BC: Flint implements from hunter-gatherers
- Neolithic - 4,000 to 2,000 BC: A ceramic bowl
- Bronze Age - 2,000 to 800 BC: A pond barrow burial mound used for mortuary ceremonies and three roundhouses within a ditched enclosure
- Iron Age - 800 BC to 43 AD: A large settlement with up to 60 roundhouses, animal enclosures, trackway and grain storage pits also used for human burials
- Roman - 43 to 410 AD: A hoard of 400 coins, a Roman villa with bathhouse, human burials and corn drying ovens
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.