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Injured UK serviceman help with Cyprus dig at Akrotiri

Recording a late Roman port building at Dreamer’s Bay Image copyright Simon James
Image caption The ancient Roman site is located on RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus which is an active air base

Injured British military personnel have arrived in Cyprus to work with archaeologists from Leicester to investigate an ancient Roman harbour.

The small group of serving soldiers, who have various injuries, will working at a UK RAF base on the Akrotiri peninsula.

The aim is to preserve some of the remains of ancient buildings being eroded by the sea.

The two-week dig is headed by the University of Leicester.

It is supported by Operation Nightingale, a project that helps injured UK forces personnel and veterans to engage in archaeology.

The team hopes to discover more about the ancient 7th Century site on Dreamer's Bay in southern Cyprus.

Capt Les Richardson, of Operation Nightingale, said: "The reason the programme works so well is that it gives them a different focus and keeps their minds active..."

Artefacts recovered from the site will be taken away for assessment and stored in a museum in Cyprus.

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