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VIDEO: Archaeologists digging up Roman artefacts near Yeovil

By WG_Yeovil  |  Posted: July 18, 2013

Archaeologists are hoping to learn more about the Romans by digging up soil on land outside Yeovil.

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ARCHAEOLOGISTS are hoping to learn more about the Romans by digging up soil on land outside Yeovil.

Dr James Gerrard is leading a team of students from Newcastle University on the excavation which is taking place in a field off Thorne Lane, near Lufton.

The dig site is yards away from where a late Roman villa – dating from between AD250 to 400 -was discovered by Leonard Hayward in the 1950s and 1960s.

Dr Gerrard, who grew up in Yeovil where his family still live, said: “The heat is making it very difficult to dig because we are interested in the changes in the colours of the soil.

“We would love it to rain.”

The three-week excavation started on Monday and has already unearthed a number of pieces of Roman and Iron Age pottery.

The teams is being helped by members of The South Somerset Archaeological Research Group which is based in Sutton Montis.

Dr Gerrard will be giving a talk on the end of the Romans in Somerset this evening in Seavington Millennium Hall, on Water Street, Seavington St Mary.

The event begins at 7.30pm and entry is £6.

An open day will be held at the excavation site on Saturday, July 27.

See next week’s Western Gazette for more details and a full report of the dig.

To keep up to date with the team’s progress, visit their blog at https://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/luftonarchaeology

Take a look below at video footage from the dig near Yeovil

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