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Woolly mammoth remains found during A14 works

Woolly mammoth

Remains of a woolly mammoth have been found during Highways England excavation works for the A14 in Cambridgeshire.

Archaeologists removed remains of a woolly mammoth and a woolly rhino both thought to be over 100,000 years old.

The 29km road is due to be complete by December 2020, with Highways England proposing that the bulk of the upgraded A14 be reclassified as a motorway once work in finished.

The £1.5bn scheme to improve 33km of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon is now almost halfway through. It is the biggest road upgrade currently under construction in the UK, being delivered as a joint venture by Balfour Beatty, Costain, Skanska, Atkins and CH2M.

Woolly rhino skull

Woolly rhino skull

Highways England experts, working alongside archaeologists from MOLA Headland Infrastructure, have discovered the partial remains of a woolly mammoth and woolly rhino, both at least 100,000 years old, during excavations for construction materials near Fenstanton in what was once an ancient river.

They are the latest in a series of fantastic finds from the team building the new road, due to open in December 2020, with other remarkable discoveries including Prehistoric henges, Iron Age settlements, Roman pottery kilns, three Anglo-Saxon villages, and a deserted medieval village.

Highways England Cultural Heritage Team Leader for the A1 Steve Sherlock said: “These discoveries are just the latest in a line of amazing finds that the team has unearthed since this work began at the end of 2016. All of these finds are testament to the rich history of the region, and in particular this local area around the A14 in Cambridgeshire.

“It’s crucial that we record this evidence for the past so that it can be seen and understood by future generations. Seeing the remains of these extinct animals really brings to life what was happening over a 100,000 years ago.” 

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