Digging at London Olympics site for history

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An archaeological dig to unveil the full history of the 2012 Olympics site has begun in east London.

Experts from the Museum of London have begun researching the Roman, Viking, medieval and recent industrial history of the 500-acre site...

"Work will be carried out by experts and hopefully more clues to the Lea Valley's past will be found," [David Higgins, of the Olympic Delivery Authority] said.

"We are starting well ahead of the planned start of construction and nothing is expected to be found that could affect our timetable."

Twelve trenches up to four metres deep are to be dug on the north-east corner of the site on Thursday near a Second World War gun emplacement and a medieval waterway.

Any remains will be recorded or moved to the Museum of London.

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