The remains of a medieval village are thought to have been discovered on the outskirts of Selkirk in the Scottish Borders.
Scottish Water was laying a new water main at Philiphaugh when workers made the discovery.
Archaeologists say that a number of stone buildings have been found across a sizeable area, suggesting that there may have been an entire settlement.
– Chris Bowles, Scottish Borders Council
"We knew there had been something there, we just didn't know where it was.
"Now we have the village, and it is quite an extensive village.
"We have got a really extensive area of maybe half a kilometre where we have had buildings right along the road running to the salmon viewing centre."
Scottish Borders Council say that the ancient remains will now be taken away for closer examination.
Carbon dating will be used to try to give a more precise timeframe for when the settlement was inhabited.