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.
It is believed the buildings could have been a suburb of the Roman settlement of Duston.