- East Cambridgeshire
East Cambridgeshire (Locally known as East Cambs or East Cambs District Council) is a local government district in
Cambridgeshire, England. Its council is based in Ely.
The district was formed on
April 1, 1974with the merger of Elyurban district, Ely Rural Districtand Newmarket Rural District.
According to a report by the Halifax bank in
2004, East Cambridgeshire has the fastest population growth rate of any British local authority other than the City of London. [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4122731.stm]
The recent "Fenland survey "of archaeological finds mentions an enumeration of findings made between 1884 and 1994 in the region to the north of Devil's Dyke and
Cambridge, from the Stone Age, the Bronze Ageand the Iron Age(the region south of Devil's Dyke is not yet included in the survey). By far the greatest quantities of bronze objects found in England were discovered in East Cambridgeshire.
The most important Bronze Age finds were discovered in Isleham (more than 6500 pieces),
Stuntney, Soham, Wicken, Chippenham, Coveney, Mepaland Wilburton. These findings include swords, spear-heads, arrows, axes, palstaves, knives, daggers, rapiers, armour, decorative equipment (in particular for horses) and many fragments of sheet bronze. The greater part of these objects have been entrusted to the Moyse's Hall Museum in Bury St Edmundswhile other items are in the University of Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropologyin Cambridge. Other finds include traces of cremations and barrows, golden torques, an extensive ditch system and a wooden track-way between Fordey Farm (Barway) and Little Thetford. [cite book|title= Fenland survey : an essay in landscape and persistence / David Hall and John Coles |first=David|last=Hall|origdate=1994|publisher=London;English Heritage|id=ISBN 1-85074-477-7, p. 81-88 ] Bronze razorshave also been found and it is well known that Celtsshaved their cheeks [cite book|title= Fenland survey : an essay in landscape and persistence / David Hall and John Coles |first=David|last=Hall|origdate=1994|publisher=London;English Heritage|id=ISBN 1-85074-477-7, p. 4] .
Towns and villages in East Cambridgeshire
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