Shifted sands reveal Roman settlement in Alderney

A “substantial” Roman village has been found preserved beneath sand in the Channel Islands.

Excavations on Longis Common in Alderney revealed walls, a stone courtyard, pottery and coins.

The site is thought to date back to the 2nd Century BC, which is “considerably earlier” than previous discoveries.

Experts say the sand could have buried the island’s first main settlement after its occupants moved to where the modern town is now.

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