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by LouiseTopp

The name Harnham was used with that same spelling as early as 1115. It is thought to be derived from either harahamm or harenahamm. Hara is Old English for "hare", while harena is the genitive plural of the same word, meaning "of hares". Harnham has two pubs they are called the Three bells & The Old Mill.

Oct. 17, 2003 ? building work to build a relief road for Harnham village has exposed one of the earliest evidence of fire in Europe, British archaeologists announced. Charcoal deposits that might date back between 250,000 and 300,000 years ago, were found in Harnham, a village one mile south of Salisbury on South Wiltshire's Chalklands, England.

"It's really an exciting find. It has come out of the blue as air photography showed nothing of significance. The presence of charcoal suggests the people there made fires. It would seem normal as the climate was cold & damp at the time," archaeologist Helena Cave Penny told Discovery News. The results will be catalogued & put on display in Salisbury Museum.

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  • Updated Oct 23, 2004
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