A ROMAN burial site, an ancient parish boundary and Iron Age artefacts have been discovered on the site soon to house the world’s biggest dairy.
Archaeologists have now completed a 12-week study at the site of Arla’s new dairy at Aston Clinton.
Among the artefacts discovered on site were the remains of the last occupants of the Roman settlement. These will now be reinterred at Buckland Cemetery once they have been analysed.
Other items found were quantities of pottery, including high status Samian ware and animal bone.
All pieces will be put on public display by Arla at a nearby community hall in the summer to be shared with residents.
Nansi Rosenberg of Prospect Archaeology, the company which oversaw the dig, said: “Occupation on site started in the late Iron Age and continued into the Roman period.
“Ditches were the principal means of managing and draining the site, and defined enclosed paddocks for livestock.
“Also present was evidence of cultivation in the late Iron Age.
“A small Roman timber post-built structure was also found and investigated.
“We were aware that there were many Roman finds during the construction of the nearby A41 bypass so it was not a surprise to find evidence of Roman activity during this investigation.”
The archaeology digs were carried out in accordance with the planning agreement granted to Arla for the site.
The findings will however not delay the process of building the dairy.
Residents interested in seeing the artefacts on display should contact their parish council and register their details or email firstname.lastname@example.org.