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Archaeologia Cantiana - Vol. 127   2007 page 423

Researches and Discoveries in Kent

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.



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.

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