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Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 58 - 1945 page 74
REPORTS: Canterbury Excavation Committee  Continued

dated with fair precision. The latest site of all, in Butchery Lane, has proved most profitable already and encouraging for the future. The building was probably a private house of some size, and with a complicated structural history.
So far there is no evidence of continued occupation of the site after the 4th century A.D. The coins range from a barbarous copy of an issue of Claudius I to one of Valens

 with a possible example of Arcadius.
   Major F. W. Tomlinson, F.S.A., has proved a most energetic and efficient Hon. Secretary, and he has been most successful in recruiting volunteers for work which has often been arduous and in unpleasant weather.
                                         W. P. D. S.,
                                         Member of the Committee

REPORTS: Dover Excavation Committee
   Before the formation of the Committee Warrant Officer M. M. Rix, the late Mr. Eric Taylor and volunteers were engaged upon the clearance of debris in and around some medieval walling, revealed by demolition after damage in Snargate Street. The walling appears to be a garderobe pit and the base of two shoots which discharged into it. The pit is divided into two portions, both vaulted in stone, by a wall within which is a double opening with round-headed arches. The masonry suggests a date in the 12th century for this garderobe, but it is quite uncertain what was the building which it served. It does not stand on the line of the Town Wall, as that is usually drawn.
   In the filling of the pit there was some medieval pottery. Amongst redeposited debris lying across its ruins there was much pottery of many ages from the Roman onwards, including a most interesting and rare sherd of late 11th century ware. This is an import from northern France and the ware has only once been found before in this country, 
at Pevensey Castle. The surface colour is buff, with vertical stripes of reddish brown paint, and the spout is tubular. Derived from Pingsdorf ware of the 9th century onwards, this pottery in a modified form was made at such places as Goincourt near Beauvais. The sherd is fully described in Ant. Journ. XXV, 153-4.
   After the formation of the Committee work was undertaken in August, 1945, with the aid of volunteers under the supervision of Mrs. Leslie Murray Threipland on two devastated sites, where it was hoped to find evidence of Roman and perhaps also later occupation.
These were in Church Street and off Queen Street behind Fox's Bakery. Sections of a thick wall have been found from time to time in the past which, linked together, suggest the enceinte of a Roman fort. The trench in Queen Street yielded little direct evidence of a wall, but significantly there was in a thin layer of mortared stones a well

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