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Latest building found at Roman town near Norwich looks like a spaceship

By Rosa McMahon

Thursday, January 26, 2012
6:00 AM

A mysterious structure found at the Roman town at Caistor St Edmund, near Norwich, has been described by an archaeologist as 'looking like a spaceship'.

The Roman town of Venta Icenorum, meaning market of the Iceni people, was discovered during the 1929-35 excavations and has been a popular place of both local and national interest, with the BBC's Time Team filming there in 2010.

The latest revelation, dating back to third century AD, was discovered by the Norfolk Archaeological Historical Research Society and has recently been unveiled in an academic journal.

The structure shows two angled wings, meeting on a central structure, and is described by Professor Will Bowden, who has been working on the project from the University of Nottingham, as "an unusual and adventurous building on a very interesting site".

The plan of the building was identified through aerial photographs, after weather conditions in 2007 revealed a number of unusual crop markings showing a building, without any obvious similarities to other Roman Britain plans.

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