We'll Work with Archaeologists; QUARRY: Owners Pledge to Protect Any Historic Treasures Found

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Byline: By Jenny Waddington

OWNERS of a Warwickshire quarry where rare Roman remains have been uncovered have vowed to protect any historic treasures they find.

Bosses at Ennstone Johnston Ltd have promised to work with archaeologists to ensure that any historic remains found on their Rugby site will be safeguarded.

An evaluation is being carried out at Ling Hall Quarry, in Coalpit Lane, Lawford Heath, after crop marks gave clues to rare Roman underground treasures.

As the Warwickshire Telegraph reported yesterday, the discovery was made when the Derby-based firm made a planning application to Warwickshire County Council to double the size of the huge quarry by extending it into adjoining farmland.

Aerial photographs taken by council workers revealed the crop marks on the proposed extension site, which resemble a significant structure of Roman date - possibly a villa, temple or farmstead.

Ennstone chairman Vaughan McLeod said: "Ennstone has a long track record of getting involved and, where appropriate, safeguarding any contents found.

"As a company we are keen to help protect items of special historical interest, and will work closely with the council's archaeological teams investigating the small area within the planning application that potentially has such interests.

"A number of sand and gravel quarries in locations such as Ling Hall have been found to have special archaeological interests on small areas of land. …