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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 86  1971  page 129
Eynsford Castle and its Excavation. 
By S. E. Rigold, M.A., F.S.A., F.R.Hist.S.
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   c[c]   just south of the gate-tower.
Short sections in the other direction, shown on Pig. 5 are:
   v, [n]  within the Great Kitchen, compounded and slightly generalized.
   k, [k]  at the acute angle, at the foot of the completest garderobe.
   Other short sections were cut: θ [q], ψ [y], at the north-west; , z [z], w [w], between the well and OT; μ [m], beside the Great Kitchen, p [r] in the Porch Tower and t [t], across the Gate Tower. Their results are incorporated in other sections or simply described. Sections π [p], s [s], u [v], concerning the moat and bridge, are not reported here.
   The base-line shown in Figs. 4 and 5, 132 ft., or 40 m. (within the margin of error allowed for), above OD, has also been used continuously.
   Ten general phases were established as work proceeded, and since there has been no reason to revise them significantly they will be repeated here. They were determined by the relation of the strata to structures, to widespread 'blanketing' layers, or to productive sealed deposits, and are here cited without prejudice to absolute chronology, but have the advantage that each (save C and E) has its characteristic form of coarse pottery. Any separate numbering of strata in this report will be prefixed by the phase-letter, and pottery will be prefixed by the same phase-letter. Doubtful cases are few enough to be noted individually. The phases may be taken to include anything down to the horizon of the next below. They are:
   Kthe eighteenth-century kennel period.
   Ethe partial reconstruction after the dismantling.
   Dthe dismantling, with plentiful tile-d6bris (probably a.d. 1312).
   Ca masking of fresh B deposits and some A deposits with clay; notionally C
          includes anything that might appear between this and D, but next to no
          accumulation was observed, although the pottery from the clay is identical
          with that from B and very different from that in D.
   Ba productive but short phase represented by an ashy layer north of the Hall,
           which seems to be the waste of the New Kitchen rather than an extension of
           the fire-debris in the Hall.
   BBthe destruction of the Hall by fire and consequent reconstruction; pottery and
            stratigraphy (the New Kitchen belonging probably with the reconstruction)
            indicate a date slightly before B.
   Aa productive period: widespread deposits not always well sealed, but always
          covered by B or C where these are present, and containing vestiges of

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