Discoveries and Excavations Across Kent,
Discoveries and Excavations Across Kent, 1970-2014.
By Dr Brian Philp.
This major research report covers discoveries and excavations across twenty sites ranging in date through the Neolithic, Iron Age, Roman, Saxon, Medieval and Post-medieval periods. These include important Iron Age chieftain burials at Alkham, major Roman villas at Rodmersham and Harrietsham, an Anglo-Saxon palace at Eynsford, castles at Kemsing and Sandown (Deal) and also the Sandwich medieval ship.
Several otherwise unknown Iron Age and Roman farmsteads are included, as are three Classis Britannica-related sites in Dover and two Roman sites in Rochester. Finally, sites in Madeira representing early pioneer work, are appropriately included! All twenty excavations were directed by the writer over five decades. A final chapter called Reflections, an amusing autobiographical commentary, touches on archaeological politics and "progress" over the decades. An updated bibliography (2002 onwards) is included, plus acknowledgements to many of those who assisted with the projects, both the many volunteers and core-team members.
Published as Volume XII in the established Kent Monograph Series this volume is a sequel to Excavations in West Kent 1960-70, published as Volume II in 1973 which included 30 sites, again ranging from the Neolithic to Post-medieval. It was also as a companion volume to Archaeology in the Front Line (2002), which commemorated 50 years of rescue-work. Another ten major volumes also dealt with Roman and Saxon Dover (4 volumes), the Keston villa (two volumes), the Darent Valley (2 volumes), the Orpington Roman Villa and the Royal Abbey, Roman Villa and Belgic farmstead at Faversham.
This memorial volume, marking 62 years work, has taken six years of unfunded analysis and research and will again stand as a tribute and example of supreme combined voluntary effort. The A4 volume has over 200 pages, including about 100 illustrations, also 30 coloured plates and has a rigid binding with gold blocking on the spine.
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