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Archaeologists have unearthed relics believed to be centuries old during excavations to widen a railway line. © -/HS2/PA Media/dpa

Archaeologists make an important find in England: on a train track they discover buildings with bullet holes and musket balls. The relics may date from the Civil War of 1642.

Coleshill – While digging to improve a railway line, archaeologists discovered relics believed to be centuries old from the English Civil War. “The discovery of this medieval gateway was quite unexpected and I am amazed at how much of the monumental stone building, with two octagonal towers, has survived below the surface,” said historian Alice Roberts, according to the PA news agency.

Bullet holes were discovered in the excavated building and musket balls were also found on the ground. For the researchers, these finds near Birmingham indicate that they could be “evidence of the first skirmishes of the Civil War” in the 17th century. The history books are incomplete regarding this war, which lasted from 1642 to 1651; many details are unknown to historians.

Archaeological excavations and amazing discoveries continue along the route of the HS2 express rail link, which is designed to connect London and Birmingham. dpa

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