Archaeologists find 10 skeletons at Ecotricity eco park site

ARCHAEOLOGICAL artifacts have been discovered at the site of Ecotricity’s new eco park and football stadium.

Archaeologists made the finds – which include ten skeletons, Roman coins, pottery and jewellery – during a dig on land next to Junction 13 of the M5.

Ecotricity owner Dale Vince said the team had been keeping the finds quiet ‘to avoid treasure hunting’.

In a post on social media he also revealed that there is a Roman villa under part of the site.

He said: “We’ve been digging at the site of Eco Park, ahead of building our first training pitches there for the FGR football family.

“We’re looking for Roman artefacts – there’s a villa under part of the site and it’s a planning condition that we pretty much dig the whole site up and see what’s there.

“And I thought we’d find some coins and stuff, which we have – but we also found quite a few Roman bodies.

“The count quickly rose from one or two – to nine a week ago – and yesterday we reached number eleven, which I’d been hoping for because that’s a football team.

“One of the coins we found in particular is quite amazing in it’s condition and detail – with the head of Emperor Constantine on one side, and interestingly the flip side is ‘upside down’….not seen that before on a coin. This one is about 1800 years old.

“We also found a Spanish coin, from the Middle Ages, the ‘pieces of eight’ era I’m told – this one is smaller denomination – maybe pieces of four.

“Hopefully we’ll soon be digging to make new pitches.”

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