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Volunteers dig in to Roman history

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: June 16, 2009

Malcolm Smith, chairman of the Navenby Archaeology Group, at the start of the month-long dig which will see hundreds of volunteers search for Roman remains and artefacts.

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Would-be archaeologists have uncovered a horde of ancient artifacts on the first day of a Lincolnshire dig.

Volunteers armed with trowels, shovels and buckets, will be working along side professional archaeologists at the Roman site for the next four weeks.

The dig began yesterday, and the 14 volunteers found Roman coins, flints and walls.

Hundreds more people, including schoolchildren, are expected at the excavation, which is being carried out at Navenby in Ermine Street mid-way between Lincoln and Ancaster.

Volunteer Alec Carrotte (66) decided to get involved after reading about the half-hectare dig in the Echo.

"I thought it sounded very interesting and I'm glad to be involved; within the first few hours I had my hands on two Roman coins thousands of years old that haven't been touched by other people since the area was abandoned," said retired Mr Carrotte, of Horncastle.

"It's very hard work physically, but worth it. I'm planning on doing three weeks all together, so I'm hoping to witness some very interesting finds during that time."

The area is already known to date back Roman times, but Pre-Construct Archaeology which is overseeing the dig, says workers have already unearthed flints from the Neolithic period which are 6,000 years old.

The land is also expected to feature some human burials, as well as a multitude of pottery, animal bones and more coins which will be used to help date the settlement.

For more on the dig, see Tuesday's Echo.

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