Monday, May 21, 2007

Roman burial grounds found under road
"We knew from archaeological excavations along the line of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, that there was a Roman enclosure on the route, but previous discoveries had simply suggested a rural farmstead.

"At first we found very little, but at the bottom of a pit we came across the metal handles of a wooden board, and later a set of 23 glass counters and two bone dice, suggesting that we had found a gaming board.

"These finds are rare, and mostly occur in graves, so we carefully took down the other half of the pit, and sure enough, it was full of grave offerings. These include the skeletal remains of half a pig, presumably offered as food for the afterlife."