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7 August 2005
Ancient settlement spotted by airborne survey

Bretforton (Worcestershire, England) has become the focus for much interest from experts following a recent airborne survey of the village. For the area earmarked for the ten new homes has been identified as the probable site of an Iron Age settlement. Archaeologists will now keep a watching brief to ensure that no valuable remains are lost.
     A report from the county council architect reported: "The site is in an area where recent aerial reconnaissance has identified crop marks indicative of probable Iron Age and Romano British settlement sites. Any deposits disturbed during development are likely to be of archaeological significance."
     Planning officials recommended that Wychavon District Council should impose a condition that archaeologists be instructed to maintain a watching brief during excavation and construction work of a small number of affordable housing for local people planned at the site.

Source: This is Evesham (7 August 2005)

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