News ID: 240347
Published: 1029 GMT March 17, 2019

Alderney 'big dig' to uncover more secrets from Roman settlement

Alderney 'big dig' to uncover more secrets from Roman settlement

Archeologists in Alderney have been given the go ahead to excavate more of a Roman burial site that was discovered in June 2017.

Alderney is northernmost of the inhabited Channel Islands. It is part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, a British Crown dependency.

Workers who were digging in the area initially came across a skull at Rue des Mielles. More skeletons and graves were later uncovered, wrote.

Since then a courtyard and walls have been found at Longis Bay, which is thought to be part of a larger site that covers 40,000 square meters.

More ancient discoveries include jewelry and a second century bronze coin, indicating people may have lived and worked in the area around 2,000 years ago.

Permission has been granted by Alderney's General Services Committee to continue excavating the site in a three week dig from August 11th.

Local volunteers and students from a UK university will join Guernsey's Head of Heritage Services Dr. Jason Monaghan and States of Guernsey Archeologist Dr. Phil de Jersey.

The team now want to identify whether an Iron Age cemetery lies below the Roman ruins.

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