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Historic finds on public display
Library in Jewry Street in Winchester
Archaeological work in Jewry Street site in Winchester
An archaeological dig in the centre of a historic city is being opened to the public on Saturday.

Experts carrying out the excavation in the grounds of the library in Jewry Street in Winchester, have unearthed pottery, metal, shells and bones.

Councillor Margaret Snaith said: "It's a rare opportunity to view Winchester's history from medieval and Roman times."

The archaeologists are checking the area before a planned extension of the library can take place.

The Jewry Street library closed on 18 February with the services moving temporarily to Capital House, on Andover Road.

The building will undergo extensive refurbishment, and will also be extended into the car park. The work will be finished in summer 2007.

Ms Snaith said: "Anyone who has walked past the site can not have failed to notice the digging taking place.

"In opening up the site to the public for the day it's an opportunity to show people exactly what has been uncovered."

The archaeologists will available for talks and tours on Saturday.

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