Don’t let development destroy ancient history

EDITOR – The campaign group against the proposed Brigg Tesco expansion have highlighted new concerns regarding the potential archaeological interest in the site.

Tesco’s own application includes an archaeological report which admits that “this area of Brigg has the potential of being an area of extremely significant archaeological interest”.

The report indicates that there is widespread evidence, artefacts and environmental biological evidence to suggest the area confined in Tesco’s present boundary was the site of a Bronze Age settlement (circa 750BC).

Famous archaeologists claim the course of a Bronze Age trackway runs through the same site and needs thorough investigation.

There is a danger that future development and re-development of the land could destroy significant evidence of Brigg’s important core role as a Bronze Age trading and route centre nearly 3,000 years ago.

Tesco’s archaeological report also includes the fact that Bronze Age industry, possibly including boat building or something very similar, was conducted near the site of Tesco’s fuel station.

The Brigg Logboat, excavated in 1974 from the site, which is now in the confines of Tesco’s boundary, is the biggest ever of its kind to be discovered in the UK.

A planked boat found in 1981 in the same area is now in the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich.

It is regarded as highly sophisticated in its construction and a rare find. This site may well contain further examples of these rare boats.

Since Tesco originally submitted its application to North Lincs Council to re-site its store, contractors have been employed to examine both the geology and archaeology of the sub-strata of the present Lidl site.

The BATLE (Brigg Against Tesco and Lidl Expansion) group believes more sophisticated research is needed as other boats could be waiting to be discovered and that the site could indicate the extent of the Bronze Age settlement.

Overwhelming evidence indicates that possible outstanding Bronze Age artefacts are one metre to two metres below the present surface.

David Rose

Chair – BATLE