burials were actually by the roadside. If this be so, then groups A, B
and E which belong to about the middle of the first century A.D. are
particularly interesting by reason of their early date. Little is known of
the dates of the construction of Roman roads in Kent, but these two burial
groups suggest that this road was in use soon after the occupation of
Britain by Claudius and though the evidence is slight, yet it is worth
noting because of the dearth of such records.
No finds have yet been reported from other parts of the new
housing estate, though it seems reasonable to suppose that other burials
will be brought to light as the owners of the new houses develop their
gardens. Systematic exploration of the whole site is not possible and one
can only hope that local archaeologists will hear of the finds in time to
impress on the owners of the property, tile necessity of keeping the
groups intact and of giving facilities for adequate publication. In this
wish to record our thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Clarke in whose garden
the cemetery was discovered, for their kindness in allowing
us to borrow the groups for the purpose of recording them and to the
Beckenham Antiquarian Society who were generous enough to bear the cost
of having them drawn. The pottery is now on loan to the Maidstone
A DESCRIPTION OF THE POTTERY.
1. A bead rimmed vessel of black sandy ware with a light
red surface. There is a band of incised " herring bone
"ornament on the shoulder, immediately below a girth groove. The
pot contained burnt human bones and charcoal.
On either side of it were two other vessels, each about
three inches away. One of these was only represented by a small base and
is not drawn. The other was—
2. A flagon of fine sandy light pink clay with a buff
surface, broken during the ‘recovery of the large urn. The drawing is
a restoration from three fragments.