later Iron Age was excavated. No further elements of any
enclosure or structure were encountered. A flint quarry composed
of many intercutting sub-circular pits may also date to the
later Iron Age or early Roman period and may have provided raw
materials for construction.
An early Anglo-Saxon Sunken Featured Building was
excavated. In addition to residual worked flint and prehistoric
pottery and a fragment of rotary quern, organic-tempered pottery
contemporary with the structure was present in the fill of the
feature. There was evidence that flint from a posthole had been
used in the Saxon period as a pick or chopping tool.
A number of small undated pits and a modern gully
were encountered in the excavated area. A further phase of work
is expected on the site and the results will be incorporated
with this work in the future to form an integrated report.
RING-DITCH: BRADSTOW SCHOOL, BROADSTAIRS
In January 2006, the Trust for Thanet Archaeology undertook an
archaeological evaluation in advance of the consideration of a
planning application for the construction of a residential
accommodation block at Bradstow School (formerly Valletta House),
Dumpton Park Drive, Broadstairs (TR 397400 67050). The evaluation
was commissioned by Wilby and Burnett on behalf of their client
Wandsworth Borough Council Education Department.
The site is located at the eastern end of a former
playing field to the south-east of Bradstow School. The playing
field occupies a plateau of an east facing promontory close to
chalk cliffs at the coast between Dumpton point and south cliff
near Broadstairs. The south-eastern corner of the site falls
sharply marking the upper limit of a shallow valley falling toward
the coast – confirmed by a topographic survey of the proposed
development site and the full area of the playing field. The
southern and eastern edges of the site are marked by housing
developments fronted on Dumpton Park Drive. The western limit of
the playing field is marked by a boundary with the open playing
fields of Hereson School and the northern edge borders on a small
garden and car park associated with the Bradstow School.
Initially eight trenches were excavated across the
proposed development site in order to establish the presence,
character and quality of archaeological features on the site. A
further five trenches were excavated to further define and trace
features identified during the evaluation. Postholes cut into the
Chalk were encountered within four of the trenches, only one of
which contained a number of pieces of Iron Age pottery.