THE search which discovered bones in a Roman copper mine on the Powys border may have been done illegally.
Human bones were discovered last week in the old mine at Llanymynech Caves as a result of metal detector activity.
The bones are currently being investigated by Dyfed-Powys Police forensic experts.
Now a top regional archaeologist is claiming that it was illegal to use metal detectors on the site during the discovery.
Chris Martin, head of curatorial services at Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust, says that the site is labelled a ‘scheduled ancient monument site’ by the Welsh Government's historic environment service (Cadw) meaning no metal detecting should have taken place or digging done without permission.