Original article from Kent Live
A three-week archaeological dig is underway in Dover’s Market Square ahead of its major revamp this autumn.
The schemes involves a new performance square, improved paving and seating and a special misting water feature.
Work was originally scheduled to begin over the summer.
The archaeological dig is thought to be one of the reasons for the delay.
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It's easy to see why it's necessary though – in an area of the town already found to contain a rich seam of history.
Roman Fort’s ruins were found in the grounds of the Dover Discovery Centre, next to Dover Museum.
Parts of the old fort and Saxon Shore fort can also be seen at the Roman Painted House site nearby.
The council said local people can watch the archaeologists at work and engage with them.
The wider Market Square revamp is being managed by Dover District Council and the Dover Town Team, the latter of which secured a grant of £2.44 million from Government.
DDC is also understood to be making a significant contribution.
A misting water feature is set to be the centre piece of the project.
Mist will be ejected from the inside of four 12-foot high arches, the thinking that children and families can run between them, similar to the floor fountain feature in Folkestone.
The ground beneath will have special lighting, with the hope it will create a visually impressive sight at night.
Seating and terracing will provide places for people to congregate, while pedestrian footways around the Market Square will be widened to improve opportunities for café culture and alfresco dining.
With work due to get underway in autumn, it's hoped the project will be open by summer 2022.
John Angell, Chairman of the Dover Town Team, said: “We’re looking forward to building a strong future for the Market Square as a focal point from which to explore the town centre.
“As we recover from the pandemic, supporting your local town centre has never been more important."
Keith Parfitt of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, said: “We’re excited to be working on another site of such historic interest in Dover.
"The Market Square has been a place for people to gather for centuries, so I’m sure we’ll find some interesting artefacts that we’ll be sharing with Dover Museum.”