"Unexpected" Roman theatre found in Kent

Dr Paul Wilkinson, founder of the Kent Archaeological Field School, believes that he and his team have discovered the remains of a Roman theatre - the first in Britain - right in his backyard.

Excavations at the site have disclosed a Bronze Age cockpit theatre of a type that was unknown before the Romans arrived in Britain. Wilkinson also thinks the structure may have been used for religious purposes. 'It really is an amazing find, the first one in Britain, and it is just beyond my garden," he said. "It would have been a religious sanctuary for the Romans. They would have held religious festivals there. It is called a cockpit theatre."