85 year old MG Roadster found buried on Salisbury Plain 0

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Archaeologists have unearthed a vintage MG Roadster on Salisbury Plain that has lain buried since the 1960s.

The car, a 1932 MG J2, is thought to have been a pool car for soldiers in the 60s and was found during excavations at a former military site at Larkhill, in Wiltshire.

The team of archaeologists, responsible for the find, have created a 3D model of the car to determine why it was left in the former wartime artillery position.

Surviving MG J2s are thin on the ground these days, only an estimated 2,083 of the model were produced.

It is thought the car found at Larkhill was being repaired by a soldier who subsequently abandoned it.

Damien Campbell-Bell, from Wessex Archaeology, said: “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.”

Archaeologist Martin Brown, from environmental consultancy WYG which is surveying the site as part of plans to move British troops based in Germany to the UK, described the find as “particularly exciting”.

“As a buried artefact it almost conforms to the urban myths of buried tanks, aircraft and equipment one hears about,” he added.

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