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UK: In bringing the UK's generation fleet into the 21st century with its latest offshore wind farm, sometimes you have to go back 4,000 years. This is what ScottishPower Renewables has done at the East Anglia One project, uncovering a rare neolithic trackway and animal skulls in the process.

(pic: Wardell Armstrong)
(pic: Wardell Armstrong)

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A team of 70 archeologists has unearthed a 30-metre long wooden trackway dating to 2,300BCE in the east of England as part of the preparation for the 714MW East Anglia One project’s onshore cable route.

The 18-month programme in east UK identified 50 sites along the planned cable route for archeological investigation, finding ancient wooden posts, arrow heads and the skull of a prehistoric species of wild cattle called an Auroch.

Richard Newman, associate director of Wardell Armstrong, an engineering firm tasked with overseeing the digs, said: "Some of the wood is so well preserved we can clearly see markings made by an apprentice, before a more experienced tradesman has taken over to complete the job. It is incredible to think that they are over 4,000 years old."

Early theories suggest the trackway was laid around natural springs that were present in the area at the time. These waterways in turn provided excellent conditions to preserve the wood and bone material.

Charlie Jordan, project diretor for East Anglia One, said the archealogical programme had found artefacts dating back from the Bronze and Iron Ages as well as to Roman and Medieval periods.

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