Physical evidence of the last battle of the English Civil War has been uncovered during groundworks near a road-widening scheme in Worcestershire.
Archaeologists working alongside staff from contractor Alun Griffiths found the first physical evidence of the last Battle of Worcester, when Oliver Cromwell’s forces defeated Charles II in 1651.
The contractor was carrying out work to turn the Southern Link Road into a dual carriageway when archaeologists came to the site near Powick, which was suspected to be near the ancient battlefield.
Alun Griffiths public liaison officer Sam Pogson said workers received briefings from archaeologists while carrying out deep excavation for a new wildlife reserve. The reserve was being built to alleviate the loss of flood storage caused by the motorway works.
Mr Pogson added: “It was a bit like Time Team up here, to be honest – the whole area was criss-crossed with trenches that were designed by the archaeological team; we did these digs so that they could find anything that they were going to find.
“Had we not been building this new road for the client on this site, [the artefacts] would still be buried.”
On-site lead archaeologist Richard Bradley said: “The construction work has given us the opportunity to investigate the floodplain across which thousands of infantry and cavalry engaged, and to get down to the level where artefacts were deposited.
“Many of the lead musket and pistol balls show evidence of firing or impact, and these tangible signs of the conflict offer a poignant connection to the soldiers who fought and died here.”
According to Worcestershire County Council ,the archaeological dig was planned so that it caused no delays to construction work.
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