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Human bones found under Croydon driveway 'date back to Saxon era'

image of the bones found Image copyright Alison Carpenter
Image caption Police said it appeared the bones had been under the driveway for years

Human bones found underneath a driveway by workmen in south London date back to the Saxon era, experts have confirmed.

The Met Police were called to an address in Purley, Croydon, on 16 April after the builders and house owner alerted them to the discovery.

Anthropologists analysed the bones and dated them from between AD670 to 775.

Scotland Yard said the forensic report would be passed to English Heritage, which had expressed further interest in the 1,300-year-old bones.

A known Saxon burial site is situated nearby the property.

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