Archaeological fieldwork throughout Leicestershire

Melton Fieldworkers Group

October 7, 2018

Melton Fieldworkers Group


Ice Age Journeys

A talk by Daryl Garton, Ice Age Journeys Project at Melton Carnegie Museum.

Wednesday 24th October, 7.30pm.

All Welcome. Admission £5, doors open 7.00pm

Limited places available – please book early to avoid disappointment

Tel 0116 305 3860 or email: to reserve seats

14,000 years ago, Melton had just emerged from the grip of the Ice Age. Who were the people who foraged for a living in the emerging landscape and left their flint, bone tools and debris behind?

The Ice Age did not pass Melton Mowbray by. The town lies just within the project’s research area. On the edge of Melton, at Brooksby Quarry, runs the old course of the prehistoric River Bytham from which a number of hand axes and other Pleistocene stone tools have been recovered. A substantial scatter or Mesolithic flints was identified by Lynden Cooper at Asfordby a few years ago.

In 2018, The Ice Age Journeys Project won Heritage Lottery Funding to research the archaeology of the Ice Age at sites between present-day Newarke, Bradgate Park and Creswell Crags, to explore the idea of people moving into and through the region’s landscape as part of wider patterns of movement in search of key resources: meat for food, and bone/hides, wood and flint for tools.