OREANDA-NEWS  On the island of Alderney, on August 19, excavations were begun on the territory of a convent which is considered one of the best-preserved Roman forts in Britain. It turned out that a German bunker was housed inside a Roman tower. This was reported by volunteer archaeologists. The convent in Alderney was used by the German military during the occupation of the Channel Islands from 1940 to 1945. This place was inhabited about 1,700 years ago and contains the remains of buildings from the medieval, Tudor and Napoleonic eras, built on top of each other.

“We saw how the Germans built a bunker for personnel right inside the old Roman tower”, - said the head of the excavation, archaeologist Dr. Jason Monaghan.

The fortification was placed clearly on the inner side of the 3-meter-thick walls. During World War II, the entire population of the island was evacuated before the occupation. It housed two forced labor camps and the only two concentration camps on British soil where thousands of people were sent. 

"The curse of excavations in the convent is the number of sewers and utilities that cross the territory of many periods. The one Jason points to is draining surface water from where the complex around the market was likely located. It descends steeply before meeting a canal that cut a meter in the wall of a carriage store in 1793", - the researchers noted.