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     Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 45 1933  page 189
A ROMAN CEMETERY AT WEST WICKHAM. By Norman Cook and Michael J. McCarthy continued

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 connection we  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 Museum.


A DESCRIPTION OF THE POTTERY.

GROUP A.
   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.

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