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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 62  1949  pages 36

A First Century Urn-Field at Cheriton, near Folkestone. By P. J. Tester and H. F. Bing, M.A., F.R.Hist.S

had collapsed but a partial restoration has been made from the fragments. It originally stood 12.5 in. high upon a base 5.5 in. in diameter, the walls of the vessel being slightly incurved at the mouth which is 11 in. in diameter. The lip is completely plain and unmoulded, and in general form and texture this vessel is very similar to much Iron Age A pottery. What connection, if any, this find has with the burials is uncertain, but it probably marks the position of a domestic site of an earlier period and may be contemporary with the blackened patch containing coarse pottery disclosed at a similar depth on the north side of the urn-field.
   Site C. Pottery, ox and horse bones and fragments of burnt clay occurred in a concentration about 170-180 ft. east of the urn-field and on the south side of the roadway, just inside the kerb. Much of this was imbedded in a thin layer of wood ash, 1 ft. to 1 ft. 6 in. below the surface. The general indications suggest that there was here a domestic hearth probably connected with a timber dwelling, all trace of which has vanished. The irregularly shaped pieces of burnt clay are probably fragments of baked daub,  indicating the 

destruction of the building by fire. There is a strong Belgic character about the pottery, much of it being decorated with vertical combing. Two vessels have holes drilled through the base for use as colanders. A tin Belgic coin, almost identical with examples found in the   Folkestone Villa,1 was also recovered, but this unfortunately disintegrated during cleaning. Judging from the form and decoration of the pottery, which included a splinter of Samian ware, this site is probably contemporary with the urn-field.
   Miscellaneous Finds. Sherds of first century pottery have been turned up by workmen at several points within a radius of 100 yards of the urn-field, but in no case do these appear to be connected with interments. It seems certain therefore, that there was a settlement here in the early Romano-British period, if not earlier, most likely occupied by the community which buried its dead in the urn-field.
The whole of this area is now covered with recently constructed roads and houses.
   See Roman Folkestone. by S. E. Winbolt, P1ate XVI,  Nos. B.3
            and B4.

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