Skip to Content.

Kent Archaeological Review extract

Emergency Excavations at Addington.
by David Bartlett.

An emergency excavation was undertaken at a sand-pit near Addington, in October 1965. This followed information received from Mr R J Rook of Lullingstone. Bulldozers working in the area had uncovered at least one complete cremation-burial of Romano-British date. The pottery, including Samian ware, suggested that the burial dated to about AD 100-120.

It seemed likely that other burials might exist and as the area adjacent to the first discovery was to be shortly quarried away urgent excavations were required. Accordingly, a team of experienced diggers comprising members of the Fawkham, Lower Medway and West Kent Border Groups was quickly assembled. An area of 2,300 square feet was systematically examined and another, badly damaged, cremation-burial was found. The pottery again suggests a date at the beginning of the second century for the burials.

These burials clearly formed part of a small cemetery similar to several known from other West Kent sites. Normally these may be considered as family cemeteries attached to small farmsteads or simple villas. It seems clear, therefore, that a Romano-British occupation-site exists in the immediate vicinity.

Close Window
Accessed this page via search engine or bookmark? Full K A R Index here.