Local historians and archaeologists working on the new road route network have discovered evidence of ancient beer making in our area potentially dating backas far as 400 BC. Experts found ‘tell-tale signs of an Iron Age brew’ during work to the new A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon.
Archaeobotanist Lara Gonzalez said it was ‘incredibly exciting to identify remains of this significance’.
Highways England said the find was uncovered in fragments of charred residue from the beer-making process. Ms Gonzalez added:
‘I knew when I looked at these tiny fragments under the microscope that I had something special.
Another archaeologist said: ‘It’s a well-known fact that ancient populations used the beer-making process to purify
water and create a safe source of hydration, but this is potentially the earliest physical evidence of that process taking
place in the UK.’ The huge road project has already uncovered the Ice Age remains of a woolly mammoth which could be at least 150,000 years old and large amounts of evidence of the ancient lives of our Cambridgeshire ancestors.