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Chislet Pottery Find.
by H E Gough.

A grave dug in July 1967 in the cemetery at Chislet (TR 2233 6420) -- three miles south of Reculver, along the old shore of the Wantsum Channel—produced an almost complete grey beaker about 6½ inches in height, with an overhanging shoulder, as well as part of the base and side and several sherds of a heavy reddish-brown urn with combed decoration.

Another similar sherd was recovered by the writer from the "spoil" distributed round the filled-in grave, and the gravedigger Mr Waring, says that others were probably returned to the grave unrecognised.

When the urn sherds were washed a few small bone fragments were recovered, suggesting a cremation, with a date of about 50 AD.

These are not the first finds from this modern cemetery close to the Norman parish church. A grave dug in April 1949 produced four small grey pots and a jug of orange clay with a brownish surface, which were dated to the 1st century by Mr Sheppard Frere, together with two iron nails and five fragments of red tile.

PHOTO:Mrs Olive Stephens, wife of the Vicar of Chislet, with the pottery from the recent find in the cemetery.

Photo Caption: Mrs Olive Stephens, wife of the Vicar of Chislet, with the pottery from the recent find in the cemetery. Photo by courtesy of the Herne Bay Press).

 
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