A CLASSIC CAR WAS UNEARTHED BY ARCHEOLOGISTS ON SALISBURY PLAINDate: 2017-09-15
While excavating a former military site, archaeologists have unearthed the remains of an MG roadster!
The 1932 MG J2 was found within a World War Two artillery position during excavations at Larkhill on Salisbury Plain.
It is believed that the remains were of a previous pool car used by the troops training in the 1960s that may have been dumped in a disused weapons pit.
Damien Campbell-Bell of Wessex Archaeology described the find as "a real surprise."
"This particular MG J2 is pretty rare and was one of only 2,083 of this model ever made," said Campbell-Bell.
"We can tell from the tyre pattern the car was probably in use until the early 1960s, at which point it seems to have been placed in the artillery position."
In addition, he thinks the car had been dismantled for repair by a local soldier but was then seemingly abandoned.
The Larkhill site is just one of many areas on Salisbury Plain that is expected to see troops re-accommodated in the UK from Germany under the Army Basing Programme.
Environmental consultancy, WYG, has been employed by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation to survey to the development site as part of the planning process.
"The MG is a particularly exciting find in that it shows the unrecorded side to life in an army camp," said WYG archaeologist Martin Brown. "As a buried artefact it almost conforms to the urban myths of buried tanks, aircraft and equipment one hears about."
Look at the pictures to see what the car once looked like in comparison to its remains found on Salisbury Plain!