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    Archaeologia Cantiana Vol. 73 - 1959  page 225
                    Researches and Discoveries in Kent continued

Four pots were found in the bottom 2½ feet of silt; one, over a foot high, was in almost perfect condition, the others shattered but capable of complete reconstruction. These were undoubtedly vessels used for drawing water and lost down the well by accident.
   The unexpected discovery of this Roman settlement has recalled the fact that in 1883 an unassociated hoard of 836 coins ranging from A.D. 306 to 353 was dug up by chance in this same field (Arch. Cant., XV, 321).1
   A great deal has been accomplished in the three weeks, due to the enthusiasm and hard work of all those taking part, aided by good weather. As the general circumstances are most favourable and a good team of local diggers has been formed, it is proposed that the Society should continue work here in 1960 with a view to obtaining more evidence concerning the nature and extent of the Roman settlement. As this lies close to the line of Watling Street it may have been a place of some importance.
   Less than half the sum of £40 set aside by the Society to meet the expenses of the first season’s work has been spent. Much of this saving is due to the generous loan of tools and other necessary equipment, and the willing co-operation of the voluntary diggers in back-filling the excavations at the end of the August session to avoid the cost of hiring labour for the purpose.

   Permission for the recent digging was kindly given by the landowners, Lord Darnley and the Ministry of Works.
                                                                    P. J. Tester.

   The excavations at this site by members of the Otford and District Historical Society under the aegis of Maidstone Museum have already been mentioned in Arch. Cant., LXX (1956), P. 280. During the summer months of 1956 and 1958 a grid laid out in the quarry field to the west of the A21 road was opened, with the work being directed by Mr. L. E. Tomkins, F.R.I.C.S. Previously, the mechanical excavator’s wholesale removal of the bank immediately east of the grid had disclosed eight of the graves reported on by Miss Blumstein. It was, therefore, a great disappointment that the patient and systematic archeological investigation proved almost completely fruitless. No further graves came to light and the only finds (kindly identified by Maidstone Museum) were
(1) coin of Magnentius (A.D. 350-353).
(2) small bronze penannular brooch comparable with one from Springhead,2 of the first half of the first century.
   The exact find-spot is shown on Ruck’s original plan, a blueprint of which is preserved in Gravesend Library.
   Arch. Cant., LXXI, p. 98, Fig. 14, 6.

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