Tuesday, 6 June 2006

Dig at Coatham finds no delay

AN archaeological team that has been delving deep to dig up the past on the site earmarked for the multi million pounds Coatham Links scheme in Redcar has not found anything that could delay the development.

Redcar and Cleveland Council’s development partner Persimmon Homes has commissioned the investigation as part of the preparatory work for the planning application due later this Summer.

A team of five archaeologists will be on the site until Friday, including Senior Keeper Steve Speak and Keeper of Field Archaeology Gary Brogan from Tyne and Wear Museums, who have dug out seven trial trenches across the site as they look for relics.

Gary said: “It is standard practice these days for developers to engage archaeologists and other specialists to study sites before construction work begins.

“We chose the seven sites by looking at anomalies thrown up by a geophysical study. So we are trying to find out what their origin is, whether it is archaeological or geological, and as such we are looking for evidence of human occupation in the upper part of the soil."

The Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Councillor Vera Moody said: ”It is fascinating to think about what could have been there before - the saltpans and former settlements in the vicinity - and it will be really interesting to hear about the investigations and the conclusions.”

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