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Builders find ancient Britons

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 21, 2014

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Archaeologists excavating at two different spots on the edge of Swindon have found Iron Age settlements at sites controversially given planning permission for housing.

A burial site, rubbish pits and a quarry dating back 2,000 years or more have been found at Ridgeway Farm, which is being developed on the north-western edge of Swindon in Wiltshire.

Planning permission was granted for the massive development despite huge local opposition and against the wishes of the local MP, who complained that Swindon would be growing too fast and swallowing up rural villages.

Meanwhile, on the other side of Swindon, at the development site near Coate Water that won permission after ten years fighting with locals, a number of Iron Age and Romano-British homes have been discovered, and even an ancient bent sword.

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