Kent Archaeological Review extract

Roman Cinerary-Urn Found at Sevenoaks.
by John Pyke.

DRAWING: The Roman cinerary-urn.

The Roman Cinerary-Urn.

A Roman Cinerary-Urn was discovered recently while the foundations for a garage were being laid at number 22 Kippington Road, Sevenoaks (NGR 520 554), by the owner Mr Cox.

The urn was found in an upright position approximately thirty inches below the ground surface and was found to contain a quantity of human bones. The surrounding area was dug extensively but no further pottery was found and it appears that the burial was an isolated one, similar to those found at Dry Hill Quarry, Sundridge and One Tree Hill, near Sevenoaks.

The urn was 10.3 inches (262 millimetres) high, 7.7 inches (195 millimetres) overall diameter with a rim diameter of 6.3 inches (160 millimetres) and a base diameter of 3.6 inches (91 millimetres). The rim was everted with five rilled bands between the rim and shoulder. The fabric was a grey, gritty colour with an orange surface which was slightly burnished with a waxy texture. The ware is typical of Romano-British storage jars known as Patch-Grove ware, found on most North West Kent sites of first and second century date. The shape and decoration together with the consistent firing colour would place this urn in the later phase of Patch-Grove ware.

Similar urns of Patch-Grove ware with rilling below the rim have been found at Joydens Wood Romano-British Settlement (Arch. Cant. LXVIII 1968 page 175 Numbers 6 and 7), and from Lullingstone (Arch. Cant. LXV page 57 Numbers 68 and 69). Both occurred in an Antonine context.

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