The remains of a Roman settlement have been discovered in the Mendip Hills – as part of excavations being carried out for a major new power line. The remains of the Roman roadside settlement have been found along the route of the new National Grid power line. Archaeological investigations have revealed treasures such as brooches, coins and pottery. Work on the new 37-mile power line, which will stretch from Bridgwater to Avonmouth and is being constructed as part of the Hinkley C project, began in 2018. Underground cables are being used in some sections – including across the Mendip Hills – due to it being a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The settlement sits in a wealthy Roman landscape not far from ancient lead mines at Charterhouse-on-Mendip, although its exact location is not being revealed.
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