Developers have uncovered signs of an ancient village on Teesside. A preliminary survey had suggested that nothing special would be uncovered. But, once the contractors started digging, they found artefacts dating back to the Bronze Age.
Excavations carried out as part of a new project to create a bird reserve on Teesside have revealed the remains of a previously unknown Roman settlement and artefacts from the Bronze and Iron Age.
The discoveries at Greatham Creek have been hailed as "remarkable" by the Environment Agency, after a previous archaeological survey indicated that they did not think there would be anything of special interest at the site.
"An archaeological survey is a key part of any major scheme we undertake to ensure that anything of historic interest is recorded.
"In this case, we had not expected to find anything unusual, so these discoveries are particularly remarkable."
– Chris Milburn, Environment Agency project manager