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Archaeologists uncover pre-norman anglo-saxon church in aylesbury

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A structure believed to be the remains of an over 900 years old Anglo-Saxon church has been discovered in Aylesbury, according to The Buckingham Advertiser

Archaeologists believe their findings show a church structure which has to predate, even the Norman-era.

This hidden, nearly thousand-year-old church, was discovered during the excavation of St Mary’s Old Church, in Stoke Mandeville.

The old church was built back in the 12th century, but new findings suggest an older structure existed beneath it.

LP-Archaeology experts are working on the scene as part of the HS2 project, 40 of them have been excavating and examining the building.

A field museum has been set up, meaning at the weekend visitors can see the remains. Several open days have allowed guests to see the ancient remains, 1,300 people have turned out in total.

An extra open weekend is planned for Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September.

Organisers are promising new displays at the end-of-month event, archaeologists will be on hand to give talks about the history behind the findings.

An HS2 spokesperson said: “The church structure was built on a light grey compacted foundation band laid by the Normans, so any archaeological deposits found below that band would be pre-Norman.

“The team working at St Mary’s discovered flint walls forming a square structure underneath the Norman levels, enclosed by a circular boundary ditch, and a small number of associated burials. Archaeologists believe this to be an Anglo-Saxon church.

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