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Archaeology at Cambourne

Archaeology at Cambourne

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Wessex Archaeology carried out archaeological investigations at Cambourne before Bovis Homes and Taylor Whimpey built the current development. This is common practice nowadays and is often required as part of planning permission, in order to safeguard our nation's heritage. Wessex Archaeology has now publish a book showing the results of the archaeological invetigations. This display was produced by Wessex Archaeology for the book launch.
Wessex Archaeology carried out archaeological investigations at Cambourne before Bovis Homes and Taylor Whimpey built the current development. This is common practice nowadays and is often required as part of planning permission, in order to safeguard our nation's heritage. Wessex Archaeology has now publish a book showing the results of the archaeological invetigations. This display was produced by Wessex Archaeology for the book launch.

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Published by: Wessex Archaeology on May 13, 2008
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