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     Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 119  1999  page 432


bibliography, along with the literature that was considered pertinent to the involved problems which presented themselves. She made a plea for the investigation of ports, towns, habitations and ecclesiastical sites. Although published more than a decade before her retirement, in 1994, this remarkable paper, when set against the developing patterns of her work, can be thought of as its apotheosis. Indeed, it may have been the blueprint for a book that was never written, for her sense of the nature of post-Roman Kent, and certainly the archaeological importance of her native county, was exceptional.
   After his retirement, Christopher Hawkes remained productive and, notable among his later works was Greeks, Celts and Romans (1973), a collective work, edited with Sonia. In the later 1980s, when ailing, he felt that he had done enough for British archaeology and they travelled and spent time upon a Northern European cruise ship. Caring for Christopher curtailed Sonia's research for she spent much time with him, and after his death was tireless in settling his affairs, and ordering his books and papers. Deprived of the considerable stimulus of Christopher's erudition and enthusiasm, her work never recovered its earlier impetus.
   Archaeological history will see Sonia Chadwick-Hawkes as the discerning systematiser of the great array of Anglo-Saxon grave furnishings, largely from Kent. This led to a sensitive appreciation of the Kentish kingdoms.
                                                                                    PAUL ASHBEE


Cecily Lebon, who died on 19 October 1998, aged 84, was a member of the Society for over forty years. She served as a member of the Council from 1970-80 and was Local Secretary for the Mid-South Kent area for many years. She was also a regular contributor of articles to Archaeologia Cantiana.
During the late nineteen-fifties she helped Col. Darrell Hill at the Bodiam Roman site and in subsequent fieldwork tracing the Roman road in the vicinity. She went on to discover the Little Farningham Roman iron-working site, near Cranbrook. Later, she directed a rescue excavation on the Roman ford at Iden Green, which was in danger of being destroyed by farming operations. She also excavated with the help of girls from Benenden School (where she was Archivist) the vast seventeenth-century drainage system of Old Hempsted.
   Churches were another of her interests. She investigated the early

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