Kent Archaeological Review extract

Iron Age Pottery from Deal.
by N E Tomaszewski.

On the 5th January 1977, I was called to Deal Cemetery in Hamilton Road where the interest of workmen had been aroused whilst digging a new vault. Sixty sherds of pottery and a small collection of animal bones had been unearthed.

I collected the pieces, recorded and examined the site. The Cemetery Superintendent informed me that these finds were not unusual as sherds of a similar kind were often coming to light. Due to the size of this particular collection the Superintendent felt it wise to inform my Society.

The pottery and bones were found at grave site IRC 6042 at a depth of approximately 3½ feet. Some restoration was possible and the sherds were found to represent six vessels, finely gritted, of various ware and hue. Three of the rim sherds pieced together and finger indentations were visible on these. Four of the vessels were of a reddish/brown colour, one red and one of a smooth black ware. Lines probably scribed with a comb decorated one of the reddish/brown pots.

I was of the opinion that the pottery originated from the Iron Age (a fact later to be confirmed by Mr John Gaunt) dating from the 2nd to 3rd Century BC. The find spot lies about ½ mile due east of the major Iron Age site at the top of Mill Hill excavated by the late W P D Stebbing during the 1930's. (Arch. Cant. XLVI)

The Deal Cemetery site is described more fully in 'The Story of Dola' by H S Chapman, published in 1921.

Ed: Mr. Tomaszewski is the Chairman of the Deal, Walmer & District History Society.

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