Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

2000bc Olympics Artefacts Up to 4,000 Years Old Are Discovered at the Stratford Site

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

2000bc Olympics Artefacts Up to 4,000 Years Old Are Discovered at the Stratford Site

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Byline: MATTHEW BEARD Sports News Correspondent

RARE archaeological discoveries made during a two-year excavation of the Olympics site have cast light on the history of east London.

Archeologists said the discovery of a 4,000-year-old Neolithic flint axe-head was "very significant" evidence of the level of pre-historic human activity. The artefact is among rare finds which have enabled historians to chart activity in the Lower Lea Valley from the pre-historic age via the Iron Age to Roman times and beyond.

Experts believe the hand axe was placed in a ritual burial at the point where the Lea met the Thames flood plain.

Early settlers were attracted to the area to fish the Lea and hunt on the plains.

Kieron Tyler, of Museum of London Archaeology, said: "For the first time in this area of the Lower Lea Valley we have evidence of continued human activity from the Neolithic to the Roman period.

"We have revealed a part of London that is pre-London. …

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