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Ancient artefacts discovered during construction of an 11km pipeline between Foreness Point at Margate and Weatherlees Hill near Sandwich, Kent are currently being studied by scientists wanting to learn more about Stone Age life in Thanet.

Wessex Archaeology project manager Jörn Schuster said: 'The discoveries come from all periods. From the Bronze Age, about 3,000 years ago, we have a hoard of bronze axes.

From Roman times, there are a number of burials, including some cremations. One interesting find from the medieval period, dating to the 11th and 12th centuries, is a bakery.' The artefacts were discovered during construction of Southern Water's £80M wastewater treatment scheme. The scheme involves one pipeline transferring wastewater from Foreness Point to a new treatment works at Weatherlees, where it will go through several cleaning processes, including ultra violet disinfection. Treated water will then be transferred back to Foreness Point along a second pipeline before being discharged 1.9km out to sea via a long sea outfall.

Southern Water project manager Keith Jeffery, said of the nd: 'The teams worked closely with us, which meant we were able to avoid any delays in the programme.'

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