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Kent Archaeological Review extract

1968 Work at Springhead.
by W S Penn.

Work will be undertaken in two selected areas this year. The excavation last year in the temple area revealed six superimposed buildings, associated with parts of pipe clay figurines, a bronze dog, incense cups, seeds, a votive pot, etc. These finds have indicated that at least two of the buildings were temples and since only the merest fraction of them has been excavated a promising temple dig can be expected.

The "agricultural area" will also be excavated further. It is hoped to confirm that a milling platform was supported by large post-holes to allow animals to turn the mills. There were many finds in this area (including corn-drying kilns) and indications of a large building nearby with a tessellated floor. Thus there are two more projects on the site this year which should prove of great interest.

Springhead has now developed sufficiently to support a Journal of its own. It will consist of a 24 page printed booklet and will contain articles of general interest, reports and researches on Springhead, etc. All excavators and friends of Springhead are invited to contribute. The first issue, on sale now, contains a useful series of instructions to beginners which could be handed out on site

First issue price 2 shillings (plus 6 pence postage) from W S Penn.

It is proposed to hold a public lecture each year at Gravesend discussing the previous year's work at Springhead. The first one was held on 14th February, 1968, at the Town Hall, Gravesend.

The venue was highly successful and the audience of 260 (a 2 shillings and 6 pence entrance fee) was only limited by the size of the hall. The success of the lecture was due to

  1. adequate publicity
  2. the publication of completely new material
  3. profuse illustrations
  4. a substantial exhibition of finds made during the year. (People were most interested to see archaeological objects which had been talked about).

From many comments it is clear that people will come again next year for this reason alone.

The above is yet another illustration following the exhibition that people will come to archaeological events if they are properly organised with a careful presentation of selected finds adequately explained.

NOTE: The modern figure of a Venus, used by the Springhead Group as its mascot and idol, was kidnapped from Gravesend on 15th March. It was placed in a prominent position at the annual 'Diggers Dinner', but suddenly disappeared without trace. Mr Penn admitted that his guards were busy at the bar at the time. He added that the kidnapping was clearly the work of a highly organized team of experts working with precision and skill. Mr Penn is offering a reward for information on the recovery of the venus!

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