Jersey

Roman dwelling find at Jersey church 'a first'

  • 18 June 2010
  • From the section Jersey
The Reverend Mike Lange-Smith in hole
The discoveries were made at Grouville Parish Church

Ancient remains have been found in Jersey, which could be the first Roman dwellings found in the island.

Excavations were made at Grouville Church as part of work to extend the building, when archaeologists were called in to monitor the work.

The Reverend Mike Lange-Smith, rector of the church, said a post hole of a Roman period building was uncovered with pottery remains.

He said the finds had been sent to England for dating.

Mr Lange-Smith said the discoveries change the understanding of the church's history as the earliest known record of the church building had been 1035 AD.

The excavations have now been covered up so work on the new vestry can continue.

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