A burial ground found under the A2 in Kent has marked the area
as one of the most important sites of Roman Britain.
Archaeologists say the burial site, near Gravesend, ranks with
those found at the most important Roman cities such as Camulodunum
(Colchester) and Verulamium (St Albans).
Three graves were found during a routine dig before work started
on a £122m road widening scheme.
Archaeologist Tim Allen said one of the bodies, which had been
cremated, was clearly of a "very important person".
There was known to be a enclosure on the site, near the Roman
town of Springhead, but it was believed to be a rural farmstead.
"At the bottom of the pit, we came across the metal handles of a
wooden board, and later a set of 23 glass counters and two bone
dice, suggesting that we had found a gaming board," said Mr Allen.
"These finds are rare, and mostly occur in graves, so we
carefully took down the other half of the pit, and sure enough, it
was full of grave offerings."