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Bronze Age ditch identified in Hereford, England

A Bronze Age ditch has been found in Hereford which may have been used to mark the city’s old boundary.

It is 5m (16ft) deep in places and was found using aerial, laser scanning equipment to map the land’s contours.

The ditch has been filled in with earth over the years and now resembles only a slight depression at ground level.

It runs from Aubrey Street to the River Wye via King Street and may have marked the limit of the king’s jurisdiction.

Site archaeologists said Norman settlements inside the ditch probably fell under the king’s jurisdiction and tax district, while land outside of the ditch beside Hereford Cathedral belonged to the bishop.

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