This article appeared in the Summer 1973 (Issue #32) edition of the Kent Archaeological Review.
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The Castle Rough Training Project --
Part I of the Castle Rough report was featured in KAR Number 31 and included details of the excavation and the history of the site. Here now are some of the worked flints found during the course of the work and drawn by members of the group.
Illustrated are a number of worked flints discovered scattered throughout the make-up of the mound at Castle Rough, Kemsley, near Sittingbourne, Kent. Only a small proportion of the hundred or so flint artifacts can be described here, but these may be taken as typical. They are all characteristic of the Mesolithic period, but of course their presence in the disturbed material used to build up the considerable mound at the site merely indicates the proximity of an unknown and prolific flint 'factory'. It should be remembered at this point that Castle Rough is less than half a mile from the famous Grovehurst Neolithic settlement, a fact which underlines the suitability of the area for early occupation.Reference: PAYNE, G., 1880, Celtic remains discovered at Grovehurst, Milton. Archaeologia Cantiana XIII, 122.
NOTES ON THE ILLUSTRATIONS.
- Core -- Dark ocean blue-grey flint. 4.5 x 3.5 cm. 3.0 cm.
- Scraper -- Dark ocean blue-grey flint. Apparently broken (reject?). 6.0 x 3.0 cm. 1.5 cm.
- Scraper -- Dark toffee brown flint. Slight damage (use?). 4.0 x 3.0 cm. 1.2 cm.
- Blade -- Honey-coloured flint. Minute serrations along cutting edges. 4.8 x 0.8 cm. 0.5 cm.
- Blade -- Green-brown flint. Minute serrations along edges. 3.5 x 1.2 cm. 0.4 cm.
- Blade -- Dark honey-coloured flint. Minute serrations along edges. 2.4 x 0.7 cm 0.5 cm.
- Scraper -- Dark green-brown flint. Reject? 5.4 x 1.8 cm. 0.6 cm.
- Scraper -- Cream-coloured flint. Minute serrations. 4.2 x 1.3 cm. 0.3 cm.
- Scraper -- Port-wine red flint. 3.0 x 1.4 cm. 0.6 cm.
Dimensions: Length x Breadth. Width.