Members of the Group in conjunction with the South Oxfordshire Archaeological Group under the direction of it’s Chairman, Dave Oliver, carried out a 4 day excavation at Highlands Farm commencing 17th March.
The Highlands Farm site, which is under threat of development, contains a SAM and SSSI and is probably the most prolific producer of Palaeolithic tools of 4 major sites in the UK. Tthe flints found here, the work of Homo Heildlebergenis, are dated to 400,000 to 450,000 years ago.
A 2 x 2 metre test pit, to a depth of 1. 75 metres was excavated to determine whether finds from the old gravel workings continued this far from the SAM, and also to determine if the geology was similar. The most significant find was a large flint core and a small amount of worked flints – hopefully, more evidence will come to light once environmental samples from the dig are processed.