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Weymouth Relief Road artefacts to go on show

The skulls found in the pit
The discovery was described as find as "rare and incredible"

A number of artefacts discovered during work on an £87m road development in Dorset are to go on display.

The Weymouth Relief Road is being built to ease traffic between Dorchester and Weymouth and Portland, where Olympic sailing events will be held in 2012.

The site attracted much interest when archaeologists found an ancient burial pit on Ridgeway Hill last year.

Items including ancient bones, Iron Age pottery and shale jewellery will go on display at Weymouth Pavilion.

The free displays will be held between 21-23 March.

David Score, Oxford Archaeology project manager, said: "It's been a pleasure for us to work on the Weymouth Relief Road and we're looking forward to sharing our findings so far with Dorset residents.

"Two skeletons from the Ridgeway burial pit will be on display alongside Iron Age jewellery, pottery and remains from one of the other 100 burials discovered on the site."



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