Prehistoric Thatcham

Most of the towns and villages of the Thames and Kennet Valleys have histories, which are full of interest, but few can boast a story either as long or as fascinating as the history of Thatcham.

Long before people appeared, animals – many now extinct – roamed the landscape and their remains sometimes emerge from the gravel. Mammoth tusks have been dug up here, including a section two feet long (recovered during excavations at the Sewage Works in April, 1959), and another four feet long (recovered from a gravel pit off Lower Way in November, 1979). Other relics found locally include the remains of hippopotami which swam in the ancient river and reindeer which roamed the higher ground.

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