Archaeological artefacts unearthed at Lesnes Abbey Woods Park

PUBLISHED: 10:57 24 August 2015 | UPDATED: 10:57 24 August 2015

Lesnes Abbey

Lesnes Abbey


The ‘significant’ finds were dug up during work to improve the site

Ancient artefacts have been discovered in Lesnes Abbey Woods Park during work to improve the area.

The pieces were unearthed close to the foundations of the old 1930s amenity building in the park. Some of the artefacts found - which include human remains - are currently being examined offsite by specialist professional teams.

In order to safeguard the find the foundations and steel structure for the new Lesnes Lodge building have been redesigned. This redesign has impacted on the timings for construction of the new building which is expected to be complete in early 2016.

Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Environment and Leisure Councillor Peter Craske said: “This is an exciting discovery that highlights the historical significance of Lesnes Abbey Woods which we want to preserve for the local community.

“The find was made a while ago but it was imperative that we protect the immediate area before releasing any information on it. We are continuing to work with specialists to manage and safeguard the site’s unique archaeology and will update the local community as things progress. In the meantime we would urge people to treat the park with respect and refrain from metal detecting, in particular, as this is illegal and could cause irreparable damage.”

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