This article appeared in the Autumn 1972 ( -- #29) edition of the Kent Archaeological Review.
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OPERATION MOTORWAYS -- KENT.
With the many miles of new motorway soon to be built in Kent the CKA has organised the preliminary work through its various local groups. This has involved compilation of lists of adjacent sites and field-walking over threatened areas. This work has proved to be within the scope of even the smallest local group and required only simple organization. It is likely that when work starts the grading- machines, working in concert, may well be shifting over 10,000 tons of soil each week and there is a real danger that extensive and complete archaeological sites could be removed without trace in a matter of two or three hours. This phase of the work will require a full-time team of archaeologists.
The west end of this route has been walked by members of the West Kent Group assisted by the CIB Group, under my direction. The local farmer has readily agreed to trial exvacations as appropriate. The Fawkham Group was asked to walk the eastern section of this route.
South Orbital Motorway.
The length of this short route has been walked by the Cray Antiquarian Group, under the direction of John Parsons, during the winter months. Although much of general interest was found, Mr Parsons reports that no new sites were located.
The eastern section of this route has been walked by members of the Otford Group, under the direction of John Pyke, over the past year. Mr Pyke has reported that so far no new sites have been located. The western section of this route has been covered several times by members of the West Kent Group, under my direction, over the past two years. Much of the route follows the disused Westerham railway, which has been recorded in detail and photographed. More work is planned.