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Prehistoric life unearthed at Runcorn's Norton Priory
1:10pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
EVIDENCE of prehistoric life at Runcorn’s ancient Norton Priory has been discovered.
A broken flint tool was unearthed by archeologist Dan Garner during the first excavation in 26 years.
This object, which has a saw-like edge, clearly points to an ancient period that has never been documented in Norton’s history.
Other finds included a sherd of pottery from a Cistercian ware drinking cup, possibly dating to the 16th century and a complete iron horse-shoe.
Around 80 volunteers joined the exciting two-week dig.
Project archaeologist Dan Garner said "Archaeological excavation is not always a precise science, and it is sometimes the case that you don't find what you are looking for, but you do find something you were not expecting.
“This unknown factor is what makes the process so exciting. This year’s excavation at Norton Priory has been no exception. I hope that it has fanned the flames of archaeological interest in all of those who took part.”
The team was trying to locate the southern-most extent of the moat system associated with the Priory's medieval water management system.
Although they failed to find the moat, they were thrilled to make some other fascinating discoveries.
Lynn Smith, senior keeper at Norton Priory said “I am delighted that after 26 years we have starting excavating again. Despite the extensive excavations in the 70s and 80s, no finds from before the medieval period were recorded. It is fantastic that we finally have some evidence of prehistoric life here at Norton.”
Dan Garner will be giving a talk, ‘Life’s a ditch!’ about the results of the dig on Thursday, October 17 at 7pm at Norton Priory Museum. Admission is £3. Please book either by phoning 01928 569895 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Norton Priory is also hosting an event on Saturday, October 26 at the Merseyside Maritime Museum.
‘Life and Death – stories of Norton Priory’, will reveal the latest research by the Universities of Wales, Lancaster and Liverpool on Norton Priory and its collections.
Guest speaker Tom Holland, a radio/TV presenter and author, will accompany a host of academics to put the stories of Norton Priory into context.
Tickets are priced £35 (£25 for concessions) and include tea, coffee and a buffet lunch. For groups of 10 or more, there is a group rate of £20 per person.
Tickets can be purchased through the Norton Priory website www.nortonpriory.org or at the museum.
Please e-mail email@example.com if you would like to book a group.
The excavation was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and is part of the preliminary work for the major capital project ‘Monastery to Museum 900’ for which a second round application is to be made to the HLF later this year.
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