Monday, May 09, 2011

Archaeologists explore grounds of English church dating back to the Anglo-Saxon era

An archaeological team from Kingston University has gone beneath the surface of the historic churchyard at All Saints Church in Laleham, Middlesex to try to find out more about its history. The team carried out a full scientific survey of the site, with local people and school children also taking the opportunity to get involved.

A church has stood on the grounds for well over 1,000 years and is of great historical significance. It is widely believed to be the site of the crowning of at least two Anglo-Saxon kings, and possibly as many as seven, during the 10th Century, including Athelstan, the first king of a unified England in 925, and Ethelred the Unready in 978-9. Nothing remains above ground of the original Anglo-Saxon church except for outlines marked by stones outside the south door of the present building.

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