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Archaeologia Cantiana - Vol. 127   2007 page 429

Researches and Discoveries in Kent

BRONZE AND IRON AGE OCCUPATION: HARTSDOWN ROAD, MARGATE

An extensive programme of evaluation and excavation was carried out on this football ground site by the Trust for Thanet archaeology between May and October 2003 in advance of the construction of new stands and the re-siting and levelling of a new pitch. The site was initially evaluated by excavating two long trenches from opposing corners along the long axis of the existing pitch to establish the depth of the archaeological horizon. The site was then stripped and mapped in the areas of the site predicted to be affected by the levelling of the pitch, associated drainage and the first stage of construction of the new stands on the eastern side of the site.
   The strip and map process was followed by excavation which revealed extensive archaeological occupation on the site extending from the Late Bronze Age to the Roman Period. The earliest archaeological remains on the site included a possible Deverel Rimbury Middle Bronze Age period enclosure ditch which contained a disarticulated skull in the western area of the site. Other archaeological remains included a concentration of at least twenty Late Iron Age storage pits containing concentrations of pottery, animal bone and other finds, Late Iron Age quarry pits and thirteen inhumations of Late Iron Age to early Roman date. Also present on the site was evidence of a linear trackway with ditches either side dating to the Roman period. Unfortunately due to the collapse of the project no funds were made available to carry out post-excavation work on this important site.

EMMA BOAST

LATE IRON AGE/EARLY ROMAN PERIOD FEATURES: SEACROFT ROAD, BROADSTAIRS

In late August 2005 an archaeological evaluation and excavation were carried out by the Trust for Thanet Archaeology on land formerly part of the garden of 1 Seacroft Road, Broadstairs (TR 39462 66415) in advance of the construction of a detached building containing three flats with associated parking. The development was commissioned and funded by Squires Construction.
   The site occupies a small area within a large suburban housing estate overlooking the clifftop at Dumpton Gap. Much of the area was developed in the 1970s with minimal archaeological input; however, a small area of the estate which was developed in 1907-1908 had its archaeological features identified and recorded by Howard Hurd (1914). The site was located within the area partly recorded by Hurd.

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