April 2011: New Publications in the last 12 months

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The Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit is pleased to announce , as part of its intensive backlog publication programme, three publications completed in the past twelve months. The post-excavation analysis and writing have to be completed in an unpaid capacity, whilst apart from Woolwich the Unit has to cover the printing costs.

1. The Norman Fortified Manor-house at Walmer.

This describes work on a substantial flint-built fortified structure, virtually of castle status, surviving in parts to a height of 7 metres. It consisted of a lower cellar, with adjacent storage rooms, an upper Great Hall with adjacent solar rooms, all the latter approached by a stair in a substantial forebuilding. Its dates from about AD 1120 and is a major (scheduled) monument in its own right. It was originally enclosed by a substantial dry ditch which also enclosed the present church as part of this important manorial complex. The manor-house is in private hands and the Unit is encouraging it being opened for controlled public access and perhaps a formal CKA visit.

12 pages with plans, section, pottery drawings and colour plates.

Kent Minor Sites Series No 21. Price 5 plus 1 P&P.

2. The Iron Age Farmstead at Snodland.

This important site was discovered and excavated just ahead of sand quarrying and its total destruction. It consisted of a sub-rectangular ditched enclosure with at least two entrances. Both within and externally there were some 12 pits, mostly for storage. Outside the enclosure was the outline of a round-house, This evidence suggests at least two periods. Most features contained pottery which forms an important collection. The date-range appears to be about 120 BC to AD 50. A small amount of early Roman pottery was recovered from a nearby feature and late-Roman pottery from a distance.

16 pages with plans, sections and pottery drawings

Kent Minor Sites Series No 22. Price 5 plus 1 P&P.

3. The Major Iron Age Riverside Fort at Woolwich.

A section of the great inner ditch of the Iron Age riverside fort, under excavation.

This deals with the discovery and partial excavation of a major Iron Age defensive site on the south bank of the River Thames at Woolwich, just by the site of the Free Ferry ! Two huge defensive ditches, matching those of many hillforts, were found and also two round-houses, pits and related pottery. The site dates back to at least 250 BC when it must have controlled the Thames and access to the whole London Basin for many decades. It is estimated that it covered 15-17 acres and its discovery will have a significant impact on London studies. The site was reoccupied in the fourth century when substantial deposits containing pottery and coins were deposited in the upper filling of the Iron Age ditches. This may have related to late-Roman defensive measures protecting Londinium.

48 pages with plans, sections, finds drawings and colour plates

Kent Special Subject Series No 19. Price 6 each, plus 1 P&P

All available from: KARU, Roman Painted House, New St, Dover, Kent CT17 9AJ (payable KARU).

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