Preparations for an archaeological dig at a site earmarked for a new railway station are due to begin.
The existing Castle Station in Northampton will be replaced by a £20m glass and steel building in 2014.
In medieval times a royal castle was situated on part of the site, and last year items from Saxon times were unearthed in an initial trench.
The dig will be done by experts from Northamptonshire Archaeology and will take about 12 weeks.
It will record any remains before the new station is built.
Councillor Jim Harker, leader of Northamptonshire County Council said: “Northampton’s unique selling point over many of its neighbours is its long and important history and heritage. Read more.
ARCHAEOLOGISTS hope to uncover up to 1,000 years of Northampton’s history when they investigate a building site on the west of the town.
A dig on the latest phase of the Upton development is planned to take place next month.
Early examinations of the nine- acre site have suggested there could be both Iron Age and Roman finds beneath the ground.
Steve Parry, from Northamptonshire Archaeology, said: “The exciting thing about this project is that it gives us the opportunity to look at quite an extensive area.
“And we believe occupation on the site runs from the early Iron Age through to the end of the Roman period. So it’s getting on for 1,000 years of settlement and farming on the site.”
Initial tests on the site, which were carried out more than a decade ago, suggest there could be a road buried beneath the ground with a number of buildings facing onto it. Read more.