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An ancient road has been discovered under Birmingham city centre

An ancient structure has been found underneath Birmingham – and it’s not the first time.

On June 19, construction workers were shocked by an incredible discovery underneath Birmingham city centre. The remains of an ancient road, believed to date back to Roman or Saxon times, was uncovered in Victoria Square. Photographs show historical cobblestones lining Paradise Street, beside Birmingham’s Grade II listed council house and the Floozie in the Jacuzzi.

A Midland Metro Alliance spokesperson said: “We can confirm that a piece of cobbled paving has been found in Victoria Square during excavation works for the Birmingham Westside Extension.”

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Birmingham City Council deputy leader Brigid Jones expressed her excitement on Twitter, as well as giving information on the suspected dating of the findings.

“Look what these guys dug up! The people building @MidlandMetro extension have found a road in Victoria Square – suspected Roman or Saxon, I’m told.”

She later updated us on new speculation.

Roman, Saxon, Medieval and Victorian are all possibilities.

An archaeologist will be surveying the ruins to determine a more accurate date. In the meantime, people have been coming up with their own theories by comparing the road to old drawings and photographs.

Return to status quo.

Despite this, Midland Metro Alliance have confirmed that construction will be continuing as planned. It is unclear whether or not the ruins will be preserved in any way at present.

The construction is part of a project to expand the Midland Metro network. It involves improving transport links across west Birmingham by adding five new tram stops.

This isn’t the first time.

Historical findings being uncovered during this project is nothing new. Earlier in the year, Victorian roller shutters were discovered on Pinfold Street. These would have been used to provide home security at the time. Previously hidden by the shop front of hair salon Supercuts, they were found during construction and are now being preserved.

Project director Steve Grimes spoke about what these findings mean for Birmingham. “There is always potential for items of historical importance to be uncovered during construction, and the roller shutters are a fascinating find that provide an interesting glimpse into the history of Birmingham city centre.”

Of course, Twitter has jumped on board with jokes.

As interesting as the find is, it hasn’t stopped Birmingham residents from having some fun with it. People have been comparing the condition of the ruins to Birmingham’s roads, suggesting that the former is more likely to be pothole-free.

With so much variation in theories, it’s impossible to know the significance that the road holds right now. We’re interested to find out, and will be eagerly anticipating archaeological updates.

Featured image: Tupungato / Shutterstock.com

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