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Author Topic: Low Grounds; the first Marlow settlement - Urgent appeal  (Read 918 times)
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« on: December 28, 2017, 06:24:18 PM »

If you are a resident of Marlow or the local area you will probably be aware of the flood-relief scheme currently being constructed by the Environment Agency. There are works at two sites, Gossmore Lane and the Pound Lane area. The latter includes construction of a flood compensation reservoir at Low Grounds Farm. However, you may not be aware that on this site there exists some very important archaeology.

Since 1999, investigations by Marlow Archaeology (MAS) at Low Grounds have revealed evidence of archaeology of regional importance, including Mesolithic mortuary enclosures, a unique Neolithic tannery and Bronze Age burial barrows, on an area which then consisted of small islands surrounded by ancient channels of the River Thames.

Our discoveries cover a probable period of some 4000 years, from about 6000 BC to 2000 BC, showing the evolving cultures from Hunter Gatherer to settled, farming communities. This period that covers the development of Stonehenge, before settlement moved to higher ground during the Iron Age.  This important site represents the earliest known occupation of Marlow,

It was intended that investigation of this archaeology would be undertaken before the Environment Agency commenced their work. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, MAS has been prevented from doing so. In the meantime, spoil from the Environment Agency’s excavations for the reservoir has been spread over the area occupied by the archaeology, to a depth greater than 2 metres in places. This will make our investigation more difficult and more costly and can only be accomplished with financial support. We shall be submitting a bid for grant funding to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a project to commence in the spring of 2018. The HLF place great store on community engagement and for this bid to be successful, it is crucial to demonstrate support from the community in Marlow and the surrounding area. Without this, our bid could fail and the opportunity lost to learn about our town’s origins.

I am writing to you in the hope that you will send us a message of support and interest in learning about the earliest history of our town and community. Please write or email to me at the address above indicating your organisation if appropriate: if you have any queries or if you would like to be involved in the project you can contact me on 01628 483895. We welcome volunteers and no previous experience is necessary. If you know of anyone else who might be sympathetic to the concept of saving our archaeology, please feel free to pass this request on to them. Thank you.

Yours sincerely
Doug Courtney
pp. Peter Borrows, Chairman,
Marlow Archaeological Society (MAS)


(Registered Charity No. 1098081 as Marlow Archaeological Society)

Peter Borrows (Chairman),
8 Marlow Bottom, Marlow, SL7 3NB.
Tel:01628 483895
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