"One of the most important early medieval sites in Wales" threatened by development

The discovery of a tiny sword stud beneath a shop in Monmouth, Wales has archaeologists excited - and worried. The stud has led to the discovery of evidence of a 10th century Anglo Saxon settlement in the area, a discovery now threatened by commercial development.

The stud led researchers to explore beneath the shop, where they found bones and postholes dating to the 10h century. Archaeologists hope they may have found the lost church of St Cadoc and its surrounding village. Stephen Clarke, chairman of the Monmouth Archaeological Society, believes the discovery is of “one of the most important early medieval sites in Wales”.

The site, however, may not be protected if found not to be of enough historical value. Developers hope to replace current structures over the site with new shops along Monmouth’s Monnow Street .