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Roman artefacts found at Northampton abbey site

Archaeologists working on the restoration of Delapre Abbey in Northamptonshire have discovered a series of roman artefacts.

Roman artefacts found at Northampton abbey site
Roman artefacts found at Northampton abbey site
Pottery and a small glass phial found on the site [Credit: ITV]
It was previously thought that the abbey dated back to medieval times but experts now say there could have been activity at the site centuries earlier.

The on-site archaeologist Iain Sode discovered a concentration of high-quality pottery, a glass vessel, and a copper alloy pin, all thought to be from the late Roman period.

"The discovery was a surprise, given that we’re in the lee of a medieval nunnery. Roman Delapre was not our first consideration. There are some really nice pieces here and, while there’s going to be some reconstruction necessary, they will be of value in telling the wider story of this site. It made all the damp mornings and aching backs worthwhile”, said archaeologist Iain Soden.

Source: ITV News [January 12, 2016]

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