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King Ethelbert School Birchington Kent

Lambert, Neil and Lambert, Neil King Ethelbert School Birchington Kent. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Between 7th and 11th April Oxford Archaeology (OA) carried out a field evaluation at King Ethelbert School, Birchington, Kent (NGR TR 313 693) on behalf of William Verry Construction, as part of the Kent ‘Building Schools for the Future’ (BSF) programme. Several circular cropmarks are recorded on aerial photographs in the immediate vicinity of the site which suggest the possible location of a barrow cemetery. There is also evidence for extensive Iron Age and early Roman settlement and agricultural landscapes in the surrounding area, particularly to the south and southeast of King Ethelbert School (eg the Scheduled Monument at Quex Park, 560 m south-east of the site). Archaeological features may be expected to survive in patches of undisturbed ground within the school site. Of the five trenches excavated, only Trench 3 contained any significant archaeology, a single ditch of probable later prehistoric date, buried at a depth of 0.5m. The dating evidence comprises a small group of pottery sherds, including a hard fired, slightly beaded rim, probably from a fairly simple barrel-shaped jar, the form of which suggests a mid- to late- Iron Age date. The evaluation results indicate that the eastern part of the new building footprint and associated carparks have been extensively disturbed by modern groundworks, to depths in excess of 1.5m (Trenches 1, 4 and 5). The western side of the building footprint (Trenches 2 and 3) appears relatively undisturbed, as demonstrated by the survival of the probable Iron Age ditch in Trench 3, cut into weathered chalk at a depth of c 0.5m. Between December 2008 and February 2009 Oxford Archaeology (OA) carried out an archaeological watching brief at King Ethelbert School, Gravesend in Kent. Kent County Council commissioned the work in advance of works carried out by Denne Construction. The watching brief formed the last phase of archaeological investigations at the site during part of Wave 3 of the Kent Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme and revealed one possible archaeological feature.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Kent
Period > UK Periods > Iron Age 800 BC - 43 AD
ID Code:2744
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:25 Feb 2016 15:10
Last Modified:25 Feb 2016 15:10

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