The discovery in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, has been described as an “intriguing conundrum” by experts.

Tests and further digging is now underway to learn more about the finds in a field being developed by Broadacres housing association.

Nick Pearson, director of York-based On-Site Archaeology, which was brought in by Broadacres to monitor the building work, stressed that it was early days and so far little was known about the discovery.

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