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Civil War treasures pinpoint site of final battle

Musket balls, horse harness fittings and belt buckles from the final battle of the English Civil War have been discovered at a construction site.

The artefacts were found by archaeologists near the village of Powick in Worcestershire.

Historians had long suspected the area was the site of fierce fighting during the Battle of Worcester because the church tower in Powick is marked by what were believed to be musket shots.

Image: Battle of Worcester re-enactors are overjoyed by the find
Musket balls have been found where the Battle of Worcester took place
Image: Musket balls have been found where the Battle of Worcester took place

But they couldn't be certain the site was a battlefield – until now.

Nearly a hundred items have been recovered so far. Archaeologists have been given the chance to examine the field which has been dug up for major roadworks.

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Richard Bradley from the Worcestershire archive and archaeology service says it is "absolutely fantastic to be able to pinpoint a site of such historical significance and to be able to get those artefacts that are critical to understand the battle and feed into the wider picture around Worcester".

Pointing out one of the items recovered, he said: "This is a powder charge cap which comes from the top of a single gun powder charge.

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"When you find these items in conjunction with musket balls and pistol balls and carbine balls and that sort of thing it makes it absolutely positive that you're on a civil war battlefield."

Coins are among the items that have been found on the former battlefield
Image: Coins are among the items that have been found on the former battlefield
Dents in a church wall in Worcester have long-convinced historians the battle took place there
Image: Dents in a church wall in Worcester have long-convinced historians the battle took place there

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