Cambridgeshire a hot-bed for archaeology, but the majority of the excavated material has been moved to Cheshire

Stonea Camp.

Stonea Camp. - Credit: Archant

About 10,000 boxes worth of archaeological material have been excavated in Cambridgeshire since 1992, but you’ll have to travel to Cheshire to see them.

The vast collection, owned by Cambridgeshire County Council, includes material from the lower Palaeolithic period (up to 3.3million years ago) to the present day. The council also stores 1,500 human skeletons (all older than 100 years) from cemetery excavations.

However, the majority of the collection has been transferred to Deepstore, Winsford, in Cheshire, as “it is considered a more suitable and effective storage environment”.

Access to the site is permitted to scholars and, on request, people doing research projects.

According to the council’s Statement of Accounts, it costs £15,000 per year to preserve the county’s archaeological assets.

Stonea Camp, an Iron Age hill fort, is one of five sites in the county which is preserved “to support future knowledge and culture”. The others are Devil’s Ditch in Woodditton, Worts Meadow in Landbeach, Giant’s Hill in Rampton and Car Dyke.

In addition, the council has an art collection made up of 413 paintings, prints, drawings and photographs. The collection is primarily used by schools “to support and enrich the curriculum”.

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In 2013, seven schools had items on display from the collection. Pieces of art costs on average £363 to insure.