Olive pit sheds light on early British imports

The discovery of a 1st century BCE olive pit found at an archaeological site in England gives further evidence to the theory that trade in Mediterranean luxury goods pre-dates the Roman empire.

The Iron age pit is dated to 100 years before the arrival of the Romans. Previous discoveries of ancient dill and celery indicate people were already enjoying a Mediterranean diet in England.

The olive was found on a site that may be the largest Iron age house in Brittain. Other luxury items have been found on site, including the skeletons of several toy dogs.