«Astounding» Roman sculptures found in UK
Archaeologists have uncovered an "astounding" set of Roman sculptures on the HS2 rail link route, BBC News reports.
Two complete sculptures of what appear to be a man and a woman, plus the head of a child, were found at an abandoned medieval church in Buckinghamshire.
The discoveries at the old St Mary's Church in Stoke Mandeville have been sent for specialist analysis.
Dr Rachel Wood, lead archaeologist for HS2 contractor Fusion JV, said they were "really rare finds in the UK".
Archaeologists have been working on the site and about 3,000 bodies have been removed from the church, which dates back to 1080, and will be reburied elsewhere.
Since work began in 2018, the well-preserved walls and structural features of the church have been revealed, along with unusual stone carvings and medieval graffiti including markings believed to be sun dials or witching marks.
It is believed that the location was used as a Roman mausoleum before the Norman church was built.