A Roman settlement has been unearthed near Penrith by workman preparing the ground for a sewage pipe.
The civilian vicus, which is thought to date back to the first century AD, was discovered on agricultural land in Brougham close to the A66.
Experts have declared the site is of national significance.
Archeologists uncovered the remains of two timber buildings, cobbled lanes, three stone buildings and a rare Grubenhauser – a sunken feature building from the early medieval period.
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