More than a dozen Saxon graves have been found beneath a Croydon car park as builders labored on a housing growth at the location.

Eighteen skeletons have been unearthed at the Lion Green Road car park in Coulsdon by an archaeological survey which was ordered by the council as a part of the 157 house challenge.

The excavations have been carried out by the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) for the developer Brick by Brick in March 2021 and again a year later.

The 2021 excavations uncovered 12 burials, with one other six found in 2022.

Six skeletons have been found buried with iron knives of their left hand.

Previous excavations have found Roman burials, an undated canine burial and two disturbed graves.

An archaeological report had to be submitted to Croydon Council as a part of the event after plans have been authorised in 2019. Excavations of the previous car park have been carried out by the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) for the developer in March 2021 and again a year later.

A report on the finds said eight of the skeletons found have been effectively preserved.

The report reads: “The finds assemblage from within the exhumation burials at Lion Green Road carry potential in the dating of their contexts and in the wider discussion of Saxon burial practices in the region that will arise from this site.”

The Lion Green Road growth, which will be named Red Clover Gardens, is likely one of the ultimate and largest initiatives to be accomplished by developer Brick by Brick.

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