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Perry Court Faversham Kent

Hughes, Vix and Ginns, Andrew Perry Court Faversham Kent. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Oxford Archaeology (OA) were commissioned by Orion Heritage on behalf of Hallam Land Management to undertake an evaluation of the site of a proposed housing/mixed use development at Perry Court, Faversham, (centred on TR 01148 60011). The work consisted of 47 trenches excavated between 14th September and 4th October 2016. The features show some correlation to the geophysical survey results, particularly in Trenches 24, 35, 46 and 47 and possibly Trench 13, but many features were not detected prior to trenching. This may be related to the variable underlying geological deposits and/or the ephemeral nature of some of the features. Evidence was found for activity from two main periods, the middle to late Bronze Age and the late Iron Age to early Roman periods. The evaluation demonstrated the presence of archaeological remains in 26 out of the 47 trenches excavated and investigated. The majority of features recorded were linear features (18 and 3 probable furrows or broad ditches), along with pits (11), four possible stony boundary features, two quarry features and a deposit spread. Only 11 features could be provisionally dated in this investigation. One feature in Trench 8 was dated to the middle to late Bronze Age, and a deposit/spread in Trench 15 might be of a broad late Prehistoric date. It is difficult to characterise any middle to late Bronze Age activity based on the single feature but it may not exist in isolation. A further nine features were dated to the late Iron Age to early Roman period. Features were uncovered in Trenches 12, 33, 35, 37, 41, 46 and 47. All were linear in form except the small pit in Trench 12. The majority of the linear features may be small boundaries for fields of this period, which seem to be concentrated around Trenches 33, 35 and 37. Other linear features may be of the same date but produced no artefacts to confirm this. In the south-western part of the site the linear features in Trenches 46 and 47 demonstrated two probable phases of activity, one ditch being re-cut. The features correlated closely with features seen in the geophysical survey. The survey suggests a rectilinear subdivided feature that measures 46m by 80m. Whether this is structural or an enclosure with rubbish being discarded into open features is unclear. The finds suggest a settlement of relatively high status possibly with a wide range of associated activities. The quantity of Roman remains recorded within the study area should be viewed in the context of the locality of Watling Street, to the north, with its related settlements, villas and a possible harbour to the north. The focus within the investigation area appears to have been the features seen in the south-west around Trenches 46 and 47.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Kent
Period > UK Periods > Bronze Age 2500 - 700 BC > Late Bronze Age 1000 - 700 BC
Period > UK Periods > Iron Age 800 BC - 43 AD > Late Iron Age 100 BC - 43 AD
ID Code:5565
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:18 Dec 2019 12:03
Last Modified:18 Dec 2019 12:03

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