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A gardener who thought he had discovered human bones in his yard has given archaeologists permission to dig after another interesting find.

Andrew Allen, 30, believed he had made an unnerving discovery shortly after moving into his Swinton home earlier this year.

Tests revealed the bones actually came from a cow, but he has recently found up 90 pieces of Roman-era pottery while digging up his garden.

Archaeologists now believe the property in Toll Bar Road could be sitting on a key Roman-era farming settlement and are set to carry out a full excavation.

Project leader Dr Lauren McIntyre, of Wath-based Elmet Archaeological Services, said: “The South Yorkshire region is generally overlooked in terms of Roman history. But Andrew’s finds suggest the presence of a previously undiscovered archaeological site. Read more.

Archaeological investigations near Dumfries have unearthed artefacts relating to the Roman Army’s occupation of southern Scotland.

The discoveries include an iron javelin head, the remains of a Roman boot, samian pottery and tile fragments.

They were found at Wellington Bridge near Kirkton during Scottish Water works to lay a new mains in the area.

Simon Brassey, of its environmental engineering team, said the items dated back more than 1,850 years.

"It is fascinating for everyone involved to make this kind of discovery when working on a project such as the laying of new pipes," he added. Read more.

An archaeological dig has unearthed what could be a Roman settlement.

Roman pottery and a red deer antler have been found at the dig in a field near St Rumbold’s Well, in Buckingham, a county councillor told the Advertiser.

After the excavating digger also uncovered a long stretch of wall beneath the field’s surface, county councillor Robin Stuchbury informed Bucks County Council’s archaeological planning officer, Eliza Alqassar, who visited the site on Wednesday.

Mr Stuchbury said the wall is almost 80m long and could be Roman. Read more.

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Roman jewellery “of national importance” discovered beneath a department store has been donated to a museum.

Gold and silver armlets, bracelets, rings and coins were found during excavations at Williams and Griffin in Colchester.

Colchester Archaeological Trust said it was a “remarkable Roman collection”

The items have been given to Colchester and Ipswich Museums, and are likely to be exhibited at the town’s castle.

"We are currently confirming details on how to best restore and conserve the pieces for the public to enjoy," said Williams and Griffin’s managing director, Carl Milton. Read more.

ROME — They have clothed the world’s wealthy fashionistas and bejeweled Hollywood stars. Now, Italy’s kings of fashion are poised to give this nation’s crumbling monuments a makeover to restore them to their former glory, something the cash-strapped Italian government cannot do.

But as Italy courts private cash to rescue some of the globe’s best-known relics of the ancient world, a debate is raging here over the commercialization of history. The Italians have been careful to avoid, say, the kind of U.S.-style rebranding that could lead to Prada’s Pompeii or the Leaning Tower of Gucci. But critics are already fretting about corporate exploitation of Italy’s national patrimony. Read more.

A hoard of nearly 18,000 silver Roman coins is to be taken on tour to help people see the “amazing” find, Bath and North East Somerset Council has said.

The Beau Street Hoard was unearthed by archaeologists in Bath in 2007 and is thought to be the fifth largest find of its kind in the UK.

Now, the coins - some of which date back as far as 32BC - will be touring the region this autumn.

Venues in Combe Hay, Weston-super-Mare, Southstoke and Priston will be visited.

Liberal Democrat councillor Ben Stevens, cabinet member for sustainable development, said: “This amazing Roman find is something [we are] keen to make sure as many people as possible can learn from and enjoy. Read more.

A Turkish archaeologist team headed by Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Professor Haluk Çetinkaya has found traces of a Roman church from the fourth century B.C. close to the Kosovar capital Pristina.

Çetinkaya said they first found the baptistery and then reached other parts of the church at the ancient site of Ulpiana, adding that the house of worship collapsed in an earthquake at the end of the fourth century before being restored one century later. The church is estimated to be nearly 19 meters long and will be completely unearthed next year.

“The church’s material, coins and the skeletons that were found in there are important in dating the church,” he said. “People were buried right next to the baptistery. Read more.

Roman jewellery described as being of “national importance” has been discovered during excavations at an Essex department store.

Gold and silver armlets, bracelets, rings and coins were found buried in the remains of a Roman house beneath Williams and Griffin in Colchester.

It is thought they were hidden by their wealthy owner in AD61, when Boudicca’s British tribes burnt down the town.

Colchester Archaeological Trust said it was a “remarkable Roman collection”.

The jewellery was found during renovation work at the shop, which is part of the Fenwick group and currently undergoing a £30m redevelopment. Read more.