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Dig unearths 'unique' Roman baths
Artist's impression of what the exterior of the bathhouse might have looked like
Dr Wilkinson said the bathhouse was about 10m (32.8ft) wide
An archaeological dig in Kent has turned up a Roman bathhouse described as "totally unique" for the county.

The remains of the 5th Century building were uncovered in a field in Faversham by students working with the Kent Archaeological Field School.

Dr Paul Wilkinson said the Roman baths came to light during a number of excavations for Swale Borough Council.

He claimed the octagon-shaped bathhouse was a "very exciting" find and a first for the South East.

Dr Wilkinson said: "There's unique shapes in it, there's a hexagon plunge bath in the centre, there would have been two storeys, there's a fountain in the centre of it.

"This really is very exotic and sophisticated architecture."

Dr Wilkinson said the dig had also unearthed Roman coins, an old cheese press and a hairpin made from bone.


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