Set in the Nene Valley on the edge of Northampton, Prologis Park Pineham lies within a rich archaeological landscape. Keen to mitigate any potential impact from the development of the site, we have commissioned archaeological investigations to record, recover and analyse artefacts and remains. Most of all, we are keen to understand what these findings mean; to know more about how the site was used in previous centuries and gain an insight into the lives of the people who settled there.
The initial investigation was carried out by Northampton Archaeology for Prologis in 2006 before we started work on the first phase of the park. This work found that there has been human activity on the site since the Neolithic/early Bronze Age period through to modern times. To summarise:
The next major investigation took place in 2016, when MOLA excavated the land that will become the second phase of the park. Working in a similar way to Northampton Archaeology 10 years before, MOLA has recorded its findings, which it is now analysing to interpret the significance.
We are keen to see the final report, which we expect in 2017, because we are particularly interested to know whether MOLA’s work sheds further light on the lives, culture and practices of the people who inhabited the site during the Iron Age and the Roman occupation.
It will also be fascinating to see whether the new dig provides any further insight into possible Saxon presence on the site. We have some evidence of burials, but did the Saxons also settle and cultivate the site? With luck, the next chapter of the Pineham archaeology story will provide the answers.
When we have the full history, we will create a series of information boards that will be installed on site, so that the information is easily accessible for everyone who is interested. While we build for the future, we are always careful to understand and remember the past.