What a find: Archaeologists uncover medieval church while excavating for high-speed rail project in England

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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The HS2 high-speed rail project in England continues to uncover incredible artifacts.

The scope of our coverage does not go beyond North America, but I found something the other day that I could not help but share ... so consider this the exception.

It appears workers prepping for the HS2 high-speed rail project in Great Britain have uncovered the remains of a medieval church that archaeologists believe dates back to 1080. The HS2 project is a rail network that will connect much of England.

A team was conducting a series of digs at the St. Mary’s Church in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire, when it came across 3-ft-tall flint walls forming a square. A circular boundary ditch and burials also were discovered.

The church served a very small community for about 900 years before it fell in disrepair and was replaced by another church located in the central hub of the town in the 1880s. The old building was eventually demolished in 1966 after residents did not think the structure was safe.

Archaeologists have been excavating and surveying sites since 2018 to get ready for HS2 construction.

The site of the medieval church has been a hotbed for ancient discoveries. Just about a mile away workers came across a large, henge-style monument from the Neolithic period. A few months ago, a Roman settlement was found not far from the church.

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