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Further Palaeolithic Evaluation East Hall Farm Sittingbourne Kent

Donnelly, Mike Further Palaeolithic Evaluation East Hall Farm Sittingbourne Kent. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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In March 2011, Oxford Archaeology South undertook an evaluation at East Hall Farm, Sittingbourne, Kent for URS Scott Wilson Ltd on behalf of Countryside Properties, Ltd. The evaluation took the form of five test pits excavated through a sequence of brickearth and Pleistocene gravel deposits believed to have significant potential for the recovery of palaeolithic artefacts. The evaluation showed that the area had been extensively quarried for brickearth. Only one of the five test pits contained significant quantities of in situ brickearth, although three others displayed heavily truncated remnants/redeposited material. Where sufficient brickearth survived in situ, samples were dry-sieved on site to establish the presence/absence of artefacts. Previous geoarchaeological assessment suggested that the highest potential for artefacts lay at the interface between the brickearth and gravel. 100 litre samples were therefore taken from three levels in each test pit, comprising the interface zone, the immediately overlying brickearth (where present), and the underlying gravel. Sieving failed to recover any palaeolithic artefacts. A small number of probable later prehistoric struck flints were recovered from the disturbed brickearth/gravel interface in Test Pit 2, comprising five flakes. The level of truncation and disturbance to the brickearth in this test pit makes it clear that these finds were not in situ.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Kent
Period > UK Periods > Iron Age 800 BC - 43 AD
ID Code:1647
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:11 Apr 2014 15:16
Last Modified:11 Apr 2014 15:16

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