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Environment Agency Open Day at Coton, Staffordshire
Trent & Peak Archaeology  Established 1967
Trent & Peak Archaeology is a trading name of York Archaeological Trust for Excavation and Research. Limited Registered Office: 47 Aldwark, York, YO1 7BX A Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England No. 1430801 A registered Charity in England & Wales (No. 509060) and Scotland (No. SCO42846)
Trent & Peak Archaeology presented an exhibition of the results of their recent excavations in advance of the construction of new flood defences immediately north of Tamworth, Staffordshire. The presentation, on June 28th 2013, was part of an opening ceremony organised by the Environment Agency to mark the completion of their work to enhance to flood defences on the river Tame. The exhibition included information on the Bronze Age, significant remains of which were found during the excavations, along with a possible Iron Age Enclosure, medieval plough furrows and post medieval farm yards. The Bronze Age remains included a burnt mound which has been dated to the middle Bronze Age, 1500BC- 1000BC, as well as pottery. The burnt mound is the result of the build up of discarded stones that had been heated on a fire and then placed in clod water in order to boil it perhaps for cooking. A number of pits containing heat affected stones were also found, which together with the burnt mound and the pottery indicate occupation an settlement activity on the river terrace of the Tame during the Bronze Age. The event, held at the Fox public house on Coton Lane Tamworth, drew in local residents and the local MP most of who attended Trent & Peak's exhibition. As well as displaying artefacts from the excavation and photographs of the work being carried out examples of Bronze Age bread and other foodstuffs proved to be a highlight of residents visit to our exhibition.   The Trent & Peak exhibition with Ed Wilson, Senior Archaeologist discussing the results of the excavation with the local MP. Laura Binns of TPA informing local residents about the Bronze Age burnt mound. Environment Agency project manager, Davinder Gill (left) and a member of the Jacksons Civils (right) enjoying a taste of Bronze Age nettle tea prepared by Alison Wilson of TPA (centre). Interested residents throng the exhibition. Local MP discussing the exhibition with Ed Wilson, Senior Archaeologist for the Environment Agency. Local residents examining photographs of the excavation and pottery, recovered from pits dating to the