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World’s oldest potholes found in Devon, England


Archaeologists excavating a Roman settlement in Devon, England, have uncovered a Roman road complete with repairs to its surface.

Wheel ruts found in the newly excavated road surface are thought to be like those at Pompeii caused by carts being driven over them.

This is cause for excitement according to archaeologist Danielle Wootton, the Devon Finds Liaison Officer for the Portable Antiquities Scheme. She said: “The road must have been extensively used, it’s intriguing to think what the horse-drawn carts may have been carrying and who was driving them. This is a fantastic opportunity to see a ‘snap shot’ of life 2000 years ago.”

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Story: Exeter Express and Echo | Photo: Exeter Express and Echo

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