Licensees of the Market Inn pub at Faversham David and Sue Pott invited the archaeological team of volunteers to delve through the soil while customers watched on.
David who has a history degree said: “I knew that these guys had been looking for Saxon finds in Faversham for a while, in particular the so-called Kings Manor. I suspected there might be some evidence of human activity near the pub, but I don’t think anybody expected anything on this scale.”
Dr Pat Reid, who oversaw the dig, said: “What we have found is an early Anglo-Saxon site, which we’ve been searching for in Faversham for the last 15 years.
“We have found some amazing examples of Anglo-Saxon pottery and also a large number of animal bones, in particular deer and even wild boar.
“These things have been in the ground for around 1,500 years, so it’s quite a thrill to discover them.”
Diggers also discovered possible iron ore slag, meaning the site may have also been used for metal working, confirming the Kent town’s origins.