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Unknown medieval complex found in England

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A mysterious collection of medieval buildings, with no known trace in the historical record, has been unearthed on a farm in Somerset, England.

The handsome floor tiles match some from nearby Glastonbury Abbey, suggesting that the site may have had religious connections. But although thousands of monastic foundations were demolished and their materials sold or scavenged for new buildings, this site appears to have been abandoned well before the dissolution of the monasteries. It is rare for one of any significance to disappear completely – this was a major complex, covering 0.4 hectares – leaving no evidence either in the landscape or in historical accounts.

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Story: Maev Kennedy, The Guardian | Photo: The Guardian

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