Graves containing 21 Anglo-Saxon skeletons and jewellery which belonged to “high status” owners have been uncovered in Suffolk.
The bones, said to be in pristine condition, were found on land earmarked for development at Exning.
Andrew Peachey, from Archaeological Solutions, said the finds were “totally unexpected” as initial searches had not indicated a burial ground.
The skeletons, dating from about 650 AD, have yet to be properly examined.
The 20 graves, one of which was a double burial, were uncovered in the last two weeks.
Mr Peachey, contracted to survey the area by Persimmon Homes, said the skeletons included those of four or five adolescents, but it was too early to say more about the ages of the bodies. Read more.