Archaeologists uncover Roman era roundhouses and burials in Britain

March 24th, 2009 - 3:55 pm ICT by ANI  

London, March 24 (ANI): One of the largest prehistoric roundhouses in Britain and a number of Roman burials were uncovered during excavations of a proposed park-and-ride site in Taunton, UK.

According to a report by BBC News, the house dates from the Iron Age (400-100 BC) and was constructed from wooden posts with a thatched roof and had a diameter of 17m (56ft).

Archaeologists also found three Iron Age spearheads, a pair of Roman shears loom weights, Roman brooches and large amounts of pottery.

Experts said that there were originally four houses on the site that were next to fields where mixed agriculture of cereal crop and sheep farming were practiced.

It appears that after the roundhouses went out of use, the site was used to bury the dead.

A number of Roman graves have been excavated including some very unusual burials.

The finds unearthed from the Cambria Farm site since December 2008 are to be displayed by the Museum of Somerset.

Construction of the new park-and-ride site is due to start in April.

According to Justin Robinson, deputy leader of Somerset county council, This significant collection of finds is another piece in the jigsaw of Somersets rich history.

I hope residents and visitors to the county will be able to share in this information when it goes on display in the Museum of Somerset, he said. (ANI)

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