Prehistoric college! Archaeologists at Seevic discover Neolithic flint
Monday, 18 July 2016
Archaeologists uncovered a flint dating back 5,000 years – proving there was prehistoric activity around the college.
The discovery proves there was activity near Seevic College’s campus, in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, in the Neolithic period – some 4,000 to 5,000 years ago.
During June and July, the college’s archaeology department ran the very first training excavation for students and staff to discover the college campus’ past while learning practical skills.
A metre-square test pit was dug first by AS Archaeology students and then continued by staff.
The final work was completed by Seevic College's first cohort of Adult Archaeologists who have recently completed a short community course in Archaeology at Seevic.
Jamie Spracklen, Teacher of Archaeology at Seevic College, said: "Although primarily designed as a training dig for our students, our objective was to hopefully discover some of the past history of the campus, and we exceeded all our expectations by finding a worked flint, dating from at least Neolithic period, 4000-5000 years ago.
"Even though the flint was found alongside more modern evidence, this is an exciting find, as it proves there was prehistoric activity nearby."
Mr Spracklen, who is an affiliate member of the Institute for Archaeologists and has worked at the British Museum, said as well as the ancient artefact the students also unearthed some more modern pieces.
He added: "We also found shards of Victorian pottery, evidence for burning and construction material from the very beginnings of the college in 1972. All this provided the trainee archaeologists working on site with a fascinating first glimpse into the possible history of the college grounds.
"Most importantly though, the dig was such a success because it enabled our students, staff and community learners to all work together to discover their past, and learn new skills, proving that Archaeology really is for everybody!"
Seevic offers an A Level in Archaeology and enrolment for September is now open. To find out more about the course, click here.