Earliest Salt Production in Britain | Neolithic discoveries at Street House Loftus

At the beginning of April 2021 national press coverage broke about the latest exciting finds from excavations by Stephen Sherlock and volunteers at Street House, Loftus. Exceeding two metres below the turfline, evidence for salt production and domestic activities date to the very earliest Neolithic in Britain – likely immigrants from north-western France, dating to 3800-3700 BC. This discovery is also one of the very earliest for salt-production in Europe. The many hundreds of finds include pottery, flint tools and artefacts associated with salt evaporation over fires – the making of salt cakes.

Images are © Stephen Sherlock.