Human bones found at property date between 670-775AD

Human bones discovered under a driveway in south London are thought to date from between 670 and 775AD, police said.

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Human bones thought to date from 775AD

Human bones discovered under a driveway in south London are thought to date from between 670 and 775AD, according to police.

The skeletal remains were found by workmen on a job in Purley, near Croydon, earlier this month and sent off for anthropological analysis.

Scotland Yard said the forensic report would be passed to English Heritage, who has expressed further interest in the discovery as it is known that an ancient Saxon burial site is in the vicinity.

Ancient Saxon burial site close to bones discovery area

Police say they are keeping an open mind about the discovery of human bones in Croydon, after it was revealed the remains were found close to an ancient Saxon burial site.

Detective Sergeant Kenny Windsor, from Croydon CID, said it appeared the bones had been there for many years:

Any requirement for an investigation will be determined by the age of the bones and we're seeking the assistance of anthropologists to try and establish this, but we may also have to use carbon dating techniques to confirm their age.

It is an unusual discovery, but we're keeping an open mind about whether the bones were originally buried there or indeed moved there for some reason.

We're also aware that there is an ancient Saxon burial site in the vicinity but at this stage, the direction of our investigation hinges on establishing age of the bones.


Bones found in Croydon confirmed as human remains

Builders made the discovery at Riddlesdown Road, Purley. Credit: Google Maps

Experts analysing bones that were discovered at an address in Croydon have confirmed that they are human remains.

Police said they were now investigating how the bones, which included a human skull and a femur, ended up under the driveway.

Anthropologists are working to establish the age of the bones.

Human bones discovered at address in Croydon

Police have launched an investigation after human bones were discovered buried at an address in Croydon.

Builders found the bones underneath a driveway at the property in Riddlesdown Road, Purley

Officers said several bone parts - including a human skull and a femur - had been recovered for analysis.

No arrests have been made.

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