This article appeared in the Autumn 1971 (Issue #25) edition of the Kent Archaeological Review.
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An Iron Age Site at Northdown School, Margate.
Thanks to the vigilance and keenness of Mr J Villette a new Early Iron Age site at the above recently built Primary School is now being excavated. So far no structures have been found and even the finding of these is further complicated by the crumbly nature of the chalk and the presence of solution hollows; however one definite shallow gully containing a fair amount of pottery and closely associated with an area of burnt flints has been excavated. This, together with a hearth suggests that we are now not far from the epicentre of the occupation site. Near the hearth was a complete sun-dried clay loomweight.
Many flakes of flint occur in each section and though flint was used during the Iron Age (a point all too-often ignored), these look decidedly Neolithic in appearance. The pottery can be, broadly divided into fine and coarse wares-the finer wares coming from bowls with low rounded shoulders and slightly flaring rims in a similar tradition to the Wessex furrowed bowls -- a type in East Kent present at Minnis Bay and from the circular enclosure at Mill Hill, Deal. The coarser fabrics belong to large bucketshaped vessels or jars with an incipient situla shape several with heavy plain cordons below the rim. The latter vessels seem to be a common long-surviving tradition from the late Bronze Age in East Kent, so taking the two traditions together, a date in the 5th cenury BC is probably a fairly safe starting-point for dating the site at the moment.