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Can you imagine the year 1110? Well, imagine it, because something from that time has recently been discovered! The ruins of an architectural marvel of the time - a colossal castle, has been unearthed beneath a men's prison in Gloucester, England. The discovery will be helpful to learn more about the architecture of the time of that time.
Under plans to redevelop a men's prison in Gloucester, England, researchers accidentally unearthed a wall of a 12th-century castle's tower. Following this, excavation gained a renewed energy, and several artifacts - a total of 900 of them - were discovered! Included in these were things like well-preserved pottery shards and bone dice.
"We are surprised by what we found; we knew there was a castle but had expected more of it to have been destroyed," says Neil Holbrook, an archeologist. "We are still uncovering our history in Gloucester, and this is another reminder of the rich heritage that the city has."
Researchers tend to think that Gloucester has been home to two medieval castles. The first was built east of the prison site. Later it was replaced by a new stone castle around the year 1110, and it is this one which has been unearthed from beneath the prison's yard. It is said to have been comparable in size to the White Tower at the Tower of London, Holbrook said.