Oxted and District History Society
Tuesday 13th November 2007.
New Anglo-Saxon Discoveries at
Alison Telfer, an archaeologist with the Museum of London, gave an illustrated lecture to the Oxted & District History Society on
' New Anglo-Saxon Discoveries at
St. Martin-in-the-Fields '.
The excavations at St. Martin-in-the-Fields have been taking place because of the £36M redevelopment of the Church and associated facilities such as the homeless drop-in and day centre and the community centre
for the local Chinese community.� The demolition of the Victorian underground vaults surrounding the church has led to several discoveries.� In a Saxon rubbish pit were cut antlers and weaving artefacts.� Underneath 23
medieval skeletons was a 7th Century high status Saxon burial with copper discs and bird-shaped escutcheons from a hanging basket and nearby was a gold pendant and other jewellery items.
A rare late Roman sarcophagus from 410 AD was discovered this August, made of 1 ½ tons of limestone transported from Oxfordshire or Northamptonshire.� A rare late Roman double-flued commercial tile-kiln
was found elsewhere on the site.� Graffiti on one tile are currently being examined by experts.� It has not yet been established why this site was so important in late Roman and Anglo-Saxon times, as it is situated 2 kilometres
from Roman London.
Lecture given by Alison Telfer at
Oxted United Reformed Church,
Bluehouse Lane, Oxted