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Being nearly 6,000 years old makes it the oldest house on Teesside - and potentially the oldest neolithic house in Yorkshire
The results are in - and the discovery of what’s thought to be Teesside’s oldest house has been confirmed.
Earlier this year, Dr Steve Sherlock and fellow Teesside Archaeological Society members were excavating at a known site near Loftus when he found evidence of a house - a very old house.
They’d been trying to find evidence of a pottery kiln after a substantial Roman building was found nearby in 2013.
Instead, they found an oval house buried deep into the ground.
Hazelnut shells and other items found during the dig were sent off to experts at the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre.
And after using radiocarbon dating techniques, they’ve now confirmed the house dates from between 3,942BC to 3,706BC.
Being nearly 6,000 years old makes it the oldest house on Teesside - and potentially the oldest neolithic house in Yorkshire.
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