Ancient Roman landscape unearthed near London

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London, England (CNN) -- Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient Roman landscape beneath a park in west London, with a Roman road, evidence of a settlement, and unusual burials among the finds.

They say the discovery -- at the site of a planned luxury hotel near the edge of the River Thames -- gives valuable and rare insight into the daily life of what was then an agricultural village.

Dating back nearly 2,000 years, the village would have supplied the ancient Roman city of Londinium and also given shelter to passing travelers.

"It helps us build a picture of the Roman landscape and shows how the busy metropolis of Londinium connected with the rest of Roman Britain," said Jo Lyon, a senior archaeologist at the Museum of London Archaeology, which carried out the excavations....
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