Kent Archaeological Review extract

Medieval Pottery from Radfield, Sittingbourne.
by Robert Baxter.

During a routine survey of the Radfield Romano-British site on 7th December 1975, the attention of Sittingbourne group members was drawn by the farm bailiff, Mr Wilson, to some pieces of pottery. These had been un- earthed during the digging of a trench for a field water-main. Further exam- ination of the spoil-heap revealed a total of eighteen pieces of pottery including a fragment of pricked, brown-glazed handle, a pricked rim (Figure 1) datable to the Fourteenth Century, six pieces of a medieval 'sagged base' sandy textured cooking vessel (probably belonging to the same vessel as the rim), a green- brown glazed pot fragment, a green-glazed fragment, and several pieces of what appeared to be an orange sandy-ware flagon or jug. Fragments of burnt daub and fired flint were associated with the finds, all of which were discover- ed within a radius of 1 metre.

The location (NGR TQ 9397 6276) was 17.5 metres east of the centre-line of the track which runs north-south past the east wall of Radfield House, and 37 metres south of the line of the southern boundary of Radfield itself.

Stratification of the finds was impossible, but the pottery probably came from a level of subsoil overlying the surface of the brickearth (natural) at a depth of 0.5 metres. The field was under winter cereal and further excavation was therefore precluded.

The help of Mr D B Kelly, BA, AMA, in identifying and dating the pottery is gratefully acknowledged, as is the permission of Mr G Doubleday to visit the site and the enthusiastic interest of Mr Wilson.

DRAWING: Yellow-brown sandy textured cooking pot.

Figure 1. Yellow-brown sandy textured cooking pot with up-curved pricked rim and low relief 'dog's tooth' pattern around the neck. Greyish core. Scale: 1/2 size. Drawn by R Baxter.

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