Northampton Project Angel reveals town's medieval past
|The site is being surveyed before building work begins on a new|
council headquarters [Credit: Mola/NCC]
Jim Brown, from the Museum of London Archaeology, said the 12th Century oven suggested "a settlement nearby".
Excavation on the 1,400 sq m site continues until the end of August.
"The bread oven suggests there ought to be a 12th Century settlement nearby," said senior project officer Mr Brown.
|A number of sewing tools found on the site indicate a "cottage economy",|
said Jim Brown [Credit: Mola/NCC]
The site has been explored ahead of construction starting on Project Angel, part of a major regeneration scheme in the town that includes the opening of a new bus station and changes to the town's railway station.
'Skinning of cats'
"One of the exciting finds has been a cache of objects which seems to be part of a sewing kits with needles, pins and trading tokens which date it between 1400 and 1475," said Mr Brown.
|The site yielded trading tokens from the 1400s|
He added it was "quite difficult" to build a bigger picture as the key findings to date were "separated by periods of time" but the fragments "demonstrate a sequential growth of activity" that fits with the town's development.
Construction work on the site is expected to begin by January 2015.
Source: BBC News Website [March 15, 2014]