Archaeological findings dating back more than 2,000 years have been found in Wellingborough.
Part of the land which will become new housing development Bourton View has been excavated and various artefacts uncovered.
These include a large amount of pottery, numerous animal skeletons and an iron object.
Such artefacts can be traced back more than 2,000 years to the early and middle Iron Age (c 600-100 BCE), which would confirm this settlement as being among the earliest stable village communities in Northamptonshire.
As part of the initial planning agreement with Wellingborough Council, Albion Archaeology, overseen by CgMs Consulting Ltd, David Wilson Homes’ archaeological consulting firm, was appointed to excavate the land.
Simon Mortimer, director at CgMs Consulting, said: “The crucial aspect of this site is its longevity.
“It is very rare to find such a long-lived and relatively densely-populated village dating this far back.
“At most of the sites we come across, the evidence suggests that occupation of the settlement lasted only a short time before the people moved elsewhere.
“In this case, however, evidence has shown that in some places the houses were built and re-built four or five times over, which leads us to the conclusion that people liked living here so much they didn’t want to move away.”
Chris Hatfield, managing director at David Wilson Homes South Midlands, said: “It is amazing to think that settlers have been building their homes on this site for over 2,000 years and that we are now continuing this tradition of creating places where people want to live.
“This land is evidently steeped in history and we will do everything we can to both respect and protect that heritage.
“Following in the footsteps of those who first settled here, we hope to build a community which will continue to grow and be remembered for another two millennia to come.”
Bourton View is a new development of traditional three and four-bedroom homes.