Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Storytelling flints and the original Oxen Ford: Oxford flood scheme archaeology begins
THIS tiny piece of flint is barely an inch long, but it tells an incredible story.
A stone flake reveals that 6,000 years ago, for just a few short minutes, a tribe of Mesolithic hunters stopped in this field in South Hinksey to sharpen their tools.
The miniscule fragment is just the first of thousands of discoveries archaeologists are hoping to make in 200 trenches across South Oxford in the next two months.
The team from Oxford Archaeology are excavating the area that in due course will become the Environment Agency's £120m Oxford flood alleviation channel.
They are looking for evidence of Saxon huts, Norman roads and even the very Oxen Ford, which our city is named after.
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