THE DISCOVERY AND EXCAVATION OF ANGLO-SAXON DOVER
Ninth Report in the Kent Monograph Series
by Brian Philp.
The Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit is pleased to announce the publication of a new volume in its Kent Monograph Series, which deals with its excavation of major Anglo-Saxon structures in Dover, from 1970-1990. This work is part of a continuing programme of rescue-work by the Unit.
THE SAXON DOMESTIC BUILDINGS.
It has resulted in the discovery of the original settlement of Anglo-Saxon Dover, starting in the sixth century and contained within the surviving walls of the late-Roman shore-fort of Dubris. It included a spread of sunken-floored buildings, of various sizes including one large weaving hut destroyed by fire and revealing spectacular strings of fallen loom-weights and some 40 carbonised wall-planks and beams. Traces of some 18 wall-planks were found in situ and provide important new evidence on construction methods in the seventh century. In addition, there was clear evidence of a stone-floored hall, posted buildings, clay floors and a Boulder Road, ranging in date from the seventh to the tenth centuries AD.
THE SAXON MONASTIC CHURCH.
Of very special interest was the discovery of the major Saxon monastic church of St. Martin's, dating from the seventh century. This entirely wood-built church, with its original small cell, had developed into a large structure over 22 metres in length and mostly 10 metres in width. Four major rebuilds have been identified, including a Period III (ninth century) new west front with a small porch and a strong stone floor provided with a marbled screed of opus signinum. This church had been destroyed by fire and its replacement was marginally smaller, had a new west front, abandoned the porch and cut away significant areas of the stone floor. The Saxon church was eventually replaced by the Norman stone church of St. Martin-le-Grand. In addition, nearly 200 of the key-dating artefacts are illustrated and described.
FORMAT143 pages. Size 281 x 207 mm. 19 plates (including colour), 66 figures, case-bound with gold blocking on spline.