Saxon graves uncovered at St Margaret's
Five Saxon graves have been discovered by archaeologists at
St Margaret’s. The graves were unearthed at The Droveway by Keith
Parfitt, of the Canterbury Archaeological Trust, who also
discovered Dover’s Bronze Age Boat 20 years ago.
Items found in the graves, including a warrior’s shield, are now
being cleaned so that they can be studied more closely. It is hoped
they might be put on display at Dover Museum.
Mr Parfitt and his team had been called ahead of plans to build
on the site and initial excavations indicated there may well be
A few weeks ago, before the builders moved in, the
archaeologists carried out a more thorough excavation and found
five graves. One was believed to have been that of an elderly woman
where a brooch was found and another was of a warrior who was
buried with his shield.
“The graves were quite widely spaced apart, unlike the Anglo
Saxon cemetery which we uncovered at Buckland,” said Mr
He will be talking about the discovery at the Christmas meeting
of the St Margaret’s History Society at the village hall on Tuesday
Admission is free to society members and £3 for non-members.
Society chairman Lea Oakley said: “We are delighted Keith has
been able to talk to the society about these exciting finds so soon
after their discovery.”
Vice-chair Christine Waterman said: “St Margaret’s has proved to
be particularly rich in archaeology over the years. In the 18th
century more than 30 Bronze Age barrows were recorded in the
village and other Saxon graves have been found both in The Droveway
and near Townsend Farm in the centre of the village.”
The first speaker at the meeting will be Wendy Fraser, one of
the society’s archive volunteers, who will talk about the history
of the St Margaret’s Country Club, formerly an RAF camp and then a
holiday camp, at Reach Road.
Miss Waterman will also be launching the society’s new village
“This has been made possible with a grant from the Coalfield
Regeneration Trust Bridging the Gap Fund and contains scanned
images from the society’s archive,” she said.
“This is the first stage of the website project which will
ultimately feature thousands of images of the village. Those
atteneing the meeting will be the first to see the site.”
Membership of the society costs £10 a year. Visitors are also
welcome at the meetings.
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