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Kent Archaeological Review extract

Bronze Age farmstead on Hayes Common.
by Miss E WARMAN.
(West Kent Border Archaeological Group.)

The Group has continued its excavation of the late Bronze Age farmstead site on Hayes Common where two cylindrical clay loom-weights have been found, and also large pieces of sandstone saddle quern, very similar to one found at Albury, Surrey. About 100 sherds of late Bronze Age pottery in an extremely poor condition have been found in pits, and a ditch which seems to have delimited the site to the east; it is hoped that further work will reveal an enclosure.

The Romano-British building, mentioned in the previous report, has now been partially excavated, and it seems very likely that this is a bath-block of 1st-century date; its minimum length is 40 feet, and three rooms have been identified. The walls are 2 feet thick, built of chalk with bonding courses of tile and brick. One wall still stands to a height of 4 feet 9 inches and is plastered; this room had a floor of opus signinum resting upon re-used hypocaust tiles. There is a hypocaust and a furnace arch has been located at the east end, but attempts to find the occupation site have so far failed.

Members of the Group have helped on emergency excavations at Faversham Roman Villa, and more locally on the Gas-Pipe (see page 24, above). The Group continues to agitate for a local museum, and its monthly meetings will be resumed in September.

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