Neolithic findings go on display at Kirkleatham Museum

HISTORIC FINDINGS: Archaeologists work in fields near Loftus, east Cleveland. Steve Sherlock is pictured with the Saxon gold bracteate last year.

HISTORIC FINDINGS: Archaeologists work in fields near Loftus, east Cleveland. Steve Sherlock is pictured with the Saxon gold bracteate last year.

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MORE remarkable discoveries are to be unveiled as part of a stunning exhibition of some of the finest Anglo Saxon finds from Northern England.

‘Street House before the Saxons’ opened its doors to visitors yesterday (Sunday), at Kirkleatham Museum and showcases archaeological discoveries, made by Dr Steve Sherlock.

The relics, discovered between 1979 and 2004, in Loftus, offer visitors a glimpse in to how people lived in East Cleveland, more than 5,000 years ago.

The excavations have uncovered a Neolithic cairn from around 3000 BC, Bronze Age burial sites, the remains of a timber house and two timber circles that date to around 2000 BC.

A Roman villa was found in the next field where people were making jet jewellery and pottery and trading products around the area.

The exhibition will run alongside the hugely successful Anglo Saxon Princess display that has attracted thousands of visitors since it opened.

Councillor Olwyn Peters, cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to take a trip through history and see how people lived, in this area, throughout the ages.

"The Saxon Princess exhibition proved to be one of the most important ever seen in this region and we are delighted that by showcasing more archaeological finds, this incredible story is set to continue.”

The museum is open between 10am and 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday, and admission to this exhibition is free.

For more information visit www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk and search for ‘Street House before the Saxons’ or call the museum on 01642-479500.

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