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Last Updated: Wednesday, 24 October 2007, 11:03 GMT 12:03 UK
School search for Roman camp
Roman soldiers
The Romans were known to have had temporary camps in Tayside
A new school is to be built in Monifieth on what was possibly the location of a Roman camp.

Angus Council has approved plans for a new Seaview Primary, which will be constructed in the grounds of the existing school.

However, work will not be able to start until archaeologists have carried out an examination of the site.

Local historians said Roman artefacts such as coins and glass had been found in the surrounding areas.

They added that there was a "slight possibility" that the school had once been used as a Roman camp.

Councillors granted planning permission for a new school on the condition that "no works shall take place within the development site until the developer has secured the implementation of a programme of archaeological works".

This would involve digging trenches over about 5% of the site and recording any findings.

Archaeologists told the BBC Scotland news website that the Romans were known to have established a number of temporary camps in Tayside.

However, they added that there was no record of one in Monifieth, and the artefacts found there could have been acquired by local settlers.

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