ore than a dozen Saxon graves have been found beneath a Croydon automobile park as builders labored on a housing improvement on the website.
Eighteen skeletons have been unearthed on the Lion Inexperienced Street automobile park in Coulsdon by an archaeological survey which was ordered by the council as a part of the 157 dwelling venture.
The excavations have been carried out by the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) for the developer Brick by Brick in March 2021 and once more a yr later.
The 2021 excavations uncovered 12 burials, with one other six found in 2022.
Six skeletons have been discovered buried with iron knives of their left hand.
Earlier excavations have discovered Roman burials, an undated canine burial and two disturbed graves.
An archaeological report needed to be submitted to Croydon Council as a part of the event after plans have been authorized in 2019. Excavations of the previous automobile park have been carried out by the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) for the developer in March 2021 and once more a yr later.
A report on the finds stated eight of the skeletons found have been effectively preserved.
The report reads: “The finds assemblage from inside the exhumation burials at Lion Inexperienced Street carry potential within the courting of their contexts and within the wider dialogue of Saxon burial practices within the area that may come up from this website.”
The Lion Inexperienced Street improvement, which will likely be named Purple Clover Gardens, is among the last and largest initiatives to be accomplished by developer Brick by Brick.