A medieval souterrain and house have been uncovered as part of advanced works on the £65m A26 scheme, it was revealed yesterday (Monday).
The early medieval souterrain, which dates to around 600-1200AD, is a substantial archaeological feature consisting of a number of underground passages which would have been used by local people to hide from raiding parties on the search for potential slaves.
Speaking after visiting the site to examine the finds, Transport Minister Danny Kennedy said: “The archaeological investigation works completed on the A26 dualling have been a significant success. Advanced site clearance works have allowed the Department to carry out archaeological investigations along the scheme prior to contract award.
It is anticipated that construction of the dual carriageway will begin in the later part of this year.