Dig Unearths Part of City's Ancient History; ARCHEOLOGISTS UNCOVER DEFENCES DATING BACK TO THE MIDDLE AGES

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Byline: LUCY WILSON

SECTIONS of a ditch which formed part of Coventry's medieval defences have been uncovered by archeologists at a dig in the city centre.

Coventry City Council bosses hired a team of five archeologists from Northamptonshire County Council to dig eight trenches in the Bond Street and Bond Street annexe car parks.

In four of the trenches they found remains of the town ditch which in the Middle Ages ran close to the city walls and was part of the town's defences.

The ditch contained fragments of leather shoes and small pieces of pottery. They have not yet dated the pottery but they think it comes from the 15th or 16th century.

One of the archeologists, Alex Thorne, said: "We also took samples of the town ditch fill so that our environmental specialist could see what other remains were in it - seeds, insects, pollen - that will give us an insight into what the surrounding site was like. …