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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.

UPTON — Opening the new 7-acre public park on Elm Street by mid-November, as town officials are hoping, depends on leaving no stone unturned.

Heritage Park, at 18 Elm St., is now waiting for a stone structure on its grounds called the Pearson Stone Chamber to be restored for safety, Historical Commission Chairwoman Barbara Burke said. Once that happens, the final touches can be put in place to make the property near Mill Pond - bought by the town in 2006 - a park.

An archaeologist needs to sample the soil around the chamber to figure out the age and origin of the 15-foot cave-like structure, the Massachusetts Historical Commission has said.

"There is a curiosity of wanting to explore the chamber, and we feel that public safety comes first," Burke said.

Martin Dudek, an archaeologist from the Hudson, N.Y.-based firm John Milner Associates, will begin testing next week. The firm specializes in historic architecture and preservation planning.

"They’re looking to try to date when the stone structure was built," Burke said. "They’re hoping once they can trace it to the beginning, they can then determine who was responsible and what it was used for." Read more.