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Mysterious Medieval Buildings Unearthed in England

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

SomersetFoundationsSOMERSET, ENGLAND—A complex of medieval buildings that has left no known trace in the historical record has been uncovered on a farm in southwest England. The buildings were decorated with expensive floor and roof tiles. Some of the floor tiles match some of those from nearby Glastonbury Abbey, suggesting that the site could have served religious purposes, but monasteries rarely disappear from the historical record as this site did. Pottery from the site indicates that the buildings were in use between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries. “At some stage however, the buildings were abandoned, the useable building materials were robbed out, and the site was forgotten,” explained archaeologist Bob Davis. The land is slated for residential development.