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Kent Archaeological Review extract

Romano-British Site at Lullingstone Park.
by Graeme K Horner.
(Crayford Manor House Archaeological Research Group.)

In late October and early November the Crayford Group undertook further excavations on the Romano-British, ditched, enclosure discovered in 1964 in Lullingstone Park. (See Newsletter Number 1). We were assisted from time to time by the neighbouring Otford Group. The work that could be undertaken was limited by the lack of time available. This year's work had two main aims, firstly to clear a part of the enclosure, to trace the plan of the postholes of a building suspected here from last year's work, and secondly to examine a second ditch discovered late in 1964. Both objectives were only partly achieved. Despite clearing a fairly large area, no further definite traces of the building were observed. This is due, in the main, to the ploughing away of the chalk surface which were observed. This is due, in the main, to the ploughing away of the chalk surface which contained the postholes. Over 2½ feet depth of chalk has been removed in places.

The second ditch was traced for over 235 feet. It ran in an irregular curve over the top of the spur, on one slope of which the enclosure is situated. It is possible that this ditch enclosed the whole of the tip of the spur. The ditch was twice cut into by the ditches of the enclosure, and is therefore earlier than the enclosure. The early ditch was also cut into by a pit. Both ditches have produced pottery of the first century AD.

The area in which the site is situated is destined shortly to become a golf course and further excavation is not likely to be possible. It is hoped however to carry out a resistivity survey to trace the remainder of the course of the early ditch and also any ditches subsidiary to the later enclosure, (these being known to exist).

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