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Iron Age shoe unearthed at quarry.

A shoe thought to be at least 2,000 years old, and the oldest in the UK, has been dug up at an English quarry.  The Iron Age relic was found in a hollowed tree trunk at Whiteball Quarry, near Wellington, Somerset.  Archaeologists say the shoe is the equivalent of a size 10 and is so well-preserved that stitch and lace holes are still visible in the leather.  It has been sent for conservation to Wiltshire and should be displayed at Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter.  A team from Exeter Archaeology, led by Stephen Reed, unearthed the shoe when they were excavating at Town Farm, Burlescombe.

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