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Dig to begin on Roman homes found under park

By Tom Pugh

The remains of three near-complete Roman buildings discovered under a city centre park are to be unearthed for the first time later this month.

Scans using ground-penetrating radar appeared to show two large masonry houses and an unusually-shaped third building dating back more than 1,000 years.

Civic leaders in Chichester, West Sussex, hailed the discovery of the three properties as being of national historical importance.

Details about the find were revealed in January and now visitors will be able to watch the dig take place between May 27 and 29 before a series of talks on May 31, Chichester District Council said.

James Kenny, the council's archaeologist, described the buildings, which survived over 1,000 years in an occupied city, as "remarkable".

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