6,000 years of Thame history found at dig is ‘most significant’ discovery

Some of the archeological finds
Some of the archeological finds

Prehistoric finds which prove that humans have lived in Thame for at least 6,000 years have been uncovered.

Evidence of human activity, including the remains of prehistoric monuments and settlements going back to the neolithic period have been found during an archeological dig just off Oxford Road.

The dig was commissioned by Bloor Homes, who are developing the Thame 
Meadows site.

Taking seven months, the excavation was carried out by Oxford Cotswold Archaeology, and is being dubbed one of the most significant to take place in Britain this year.

One of the most important finds was a rare causewayed enclosure dating back to around 3,700BC, one of only 80 known to exist in Britain.

Chris Ellis, senior project officer at Cotswold Archaeology, said: “We have come across an amazing mass of archaeology from 6,000 years of human history, and all in one site.

“For the sheer density and range of archaeological 
features, and the long period 
which they span, this has been the most fascinating and 
exhilarating excavation I have been involved with in my 25-year career.

“To encounter this amount of archaeology on just one 
development site is almost unheard of, and the discoveries have sparked a great deal of 
interest among academics.”

He added: “The discovery of a ‘new’ enclosure in British archaeology is extremely rare, so to discover such extensive remains all in one relatively 
small project like this is 
extremely exciting.”