Godalming building site skeletons to be reinterred

Human skeletons found at a building site in Godalming are to be reinterred at a nearby church, a council has said.

Waverley council said the remains were found at a site it owned in Station Road, where 14 homes are being built.

Archaeological surveys were carried out at the site because it was in the Surrey town's conservation area.

Excavation then uncovered the remains, which indicated the site was used as an early Christian burial ground between the 9th and 13th centuries.

Bone fragments

Councillor Keith Webster said: "We want to ensure that they are reinterred in a seemly and proper fashion allowing us thereby to build affordable housing for future generations."

The archaeological survey found fragments of human bones, but further work by an archaeological team from Surrey County Council found human remains in the east and north of the site.

Waverley council said the site would have been used as a burial ground before it became disconnected from the nearby Church of St Peter and St Paul.

The council said it had worked closely with Surrey County Council archaeologists and the Ministry of Justice to understand the site's history and to find the best way to take the housing development forward.

It also said it was working with the Reverend Canon Mervyn Roberts and the Diocese of Guildford to exhume and reinter the remains.

Mr Webster said it was anticipated the work would be completed early in 2014 and building work would start soon after.

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