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A dig to check a proposed future burial ground in Redditch for Roman and Medieval finds starts tomorrow (Wednesday October 14).

Archaeologists will work on the 11.5-acre grassland off Ipsley Church Lane until Monday, depending on the weather and what they find.

The land is currently the subject of a planning application by Redditch Borough Council to change its use from mostly open space to burial ground, which will be considered by a future meeting of the borough council’s Planning Committee.

As part of that process the council has commissioned Archaeology Warwickshire to carry out a detailed fieldwork assessment of the site.

The full programme of works will include digging on-site ‘trial trenches’ and then recording, assessing, and publishing the results before adding any finds to local archives.

Cllr Brandon Clayton, Redditch Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, said: “With Redditch’s Roman history, with the Roman road and settlements, this archaeological dig could add to what we know about our past and tell a bit more of the story of Redditch.

“It’s another important part of the work to check the site is the right site for what we want and need. Just like when we had drilling rigs in to analyse the soil in 2016, it’s all part of the long process we’re going through to assess whether the site could be a suitable site for Redditch’s next burial ground.”