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Before Cambourne was built it was one of the largest archaeological sites ever excavated in Britain. Little was known about the earlier use of Bourn Valley before Cambourne was built. It had been assumed that farmers did not live on the heavy clay soil west of Cambridge until medieval times.

Archaeological excavations at Cambourne unexpectedly found much earlier evidence for people living here. Archaeologists have discovered that people lived here continuously for nearly 1,000 years from the Iron Age (800 BC) through to Anglo-Saxon times (AD 800).

Although the building of Cambourne has been a big transformation of the landscape, it is the latest development in a long history of change and continuity for the Bourn Valley.

Cambourne Village College students worked alongside staff from Oxford Archaeology East on a National Lottery Heritage Funded project in 2017-18 in order to learn more about these discoveries. The students took part in an excavation at West Cambourne and created a ‘pop up’ museum at the school showcasing the artefacts featured on this website.

Thanks to the support of National Lottery players, this website has been developed to share the archaeological discoveries from Cambourne with residents past, present and future. Explore the map to unearth Cambourne’s past and discover what archaeology lay beneath your street.