Work on the site near Flint has already uncovered a section of Roman road
A substantial Roman settlement has been uncovered during work on a major building development in Flintshire.
The find at the Croes Atti project near Flint has unearthed a section of Roman road, pottery and evidence of an industrial complex processing lead and silver mined at nearby Halkyn Mountain.
The discoveries were made as groundwork began on an 180-house scheme.
A three-week exploration of the site is now under way, funded by construction firm Anwyl and the heritage body Cadw.
Andy Davies, Anwyl's technical director, said his workforce had discovered the proof that had eluded archaeologists.
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