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Thursday, 3 May, 2001, 15:15 GMT 16:15 UK
Ancient relics at foot-and-mouth site
Foot-and-mouth burial site
Ruins uncovered as officials buried animal carcasses
Roman relics and the remains of a Bronze Age cemetery have been uncovered at a foot-and-mouth burial site.

The historic find, which includes a Roman farmstead and burial mounds dating back to 2,000 BC, were found at a former airfield in Throckmorton, Worcestershire.

The site has been used by Ministry of Agriculture contractors and the Army to bury more than 100,000 animals culled during the foot-and-mouth epidemic.


It is hoped that environmental evidence will also provide a clue as to what the farmers were eating and growing

Malcolm Atkin
Archaeology Officer
Worcestershire's County Archaeology Officer, Malcolm Atkin said the Roman farmstead, which dated from between the first and fourth century, appeared largely undisturbed.

Parts of the boundary ditches of the farmstead have now been excavated and a metal detector helped uncover Roman pottery, coins and a brooch.

The mounds of the ancient cemetery were discovered through a geophysical survey.

It would take several months to analyse the finds, said Mr Atkin.

"It is hoped that environmental evidence will also provide a clue as to what the farmers were eating and growing," he said.

"Medieval finds were also made - originally carried out into the fields in manure from Throckmorton.

He said the site was significant and he hoped the finds would be displayed in a local exhibition.

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