Archaeological Investigations at Hinkley Point

One of the most extensive archaeological investigations ever undertaken in South West England is reaching its conclusion. At the end of April the final phase of Cotswold Archaeology’s archaeological field works at Hinkley Point C will be complete.

Cotswold Archaeology, in collaboration with the South West Heritage Trust and Somerset County Council, on behalf of EDF Energy has been working on the scheme for the last seven years.  The project has providing a wealth of information about how people have lived, worked, and used the Somerset landscape for more than 5,000 years. The excavations have uncovered a wealth of archaeological evidence ranging from prehistoric farmsteads and Roman buildings to an important Dark Age cemetery site. It has also been possible to investigate post-medieval farmsteads that once occupied this part of Somerset. The scheme has also afforded the opportunity to excavate and then partially recreate a Bronze Age enclosure.

The recreated Bronze Age enclosure
The recreated Bronze Age enclosure
A post-medieval farmstead, known as ‘Corner’
A post-medieval farmstead, known as ‘Corner’