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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 86  1971  page 136
Eynsford Castle and its Excavation. 
By S. E. Rigold, M.A., F.S.A., F.R.Hist.S.
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effectively disappeared. The largest of these, a pit sunk below the offset level of the Great Kitchen, filled with loose red earth and sealed with clay (section μ [m] provided the sample of pottery here taken as representative.

A. Further accumulation and Industrial activity
   Again no structure, but the rubbish which had hitherto been confined to discrete pockets is spread everywhere: 'A' wares predominate wherever the final humus lies directly under the 'D' debris. In particular, on the north side of the Hall, which had hitherto been generally clean, the old topsoil, lying directly over the hard yellow-brown capping, has much charcoal at its base and contains almost exclusively 'A' type pottery. It also contains slag, not tap-slag, which, unless it is the result of some abnormal vitrification (nothing from BB suggested it was caused by the fire in the Hall), must be the result of iron-working in the north sector. The only sign of an installation connected with this was a shallow U-shaped trench, kk, lined with reddened clay and based on chalk—not a bowl furnace, whatever else it was. A sealed midden with 'A' pottery overlapped the sealed 'Z' pit on section μ [m].

BB. The Fire in the Hall.
   'A' was clearly a long and busy phase; the succeeding B was a short phase before a long period of desertion. The Hall as reconstructed after the fire shows little sign of occupation. Nevertheless, it is probable that the fire-levels (BB) in the Hall are not, as originally thought, contemporaneous with B, which is also characterized by an ashy layer, but represent an incident towards the end of Phase A. The pottery from the fire-levels is not quite enough to prove this: the one complete bowl had a 'B' profile but 'A' fabric (BB1); the hard non-shelly wares are best paralleled in A. The best indication is that B is later than the New Kitchen, which seems to have been built after the fire, but the question probably only involves a difference of a decade or two. The destruction was extensive, with quantities of heavy timber falling, completely charred, into the undercroft, but very little other material among them. Charred wheat was found in the solar undercroft. The reconstruction, quite luxurious for its day, has already been described. In the undercrofts of the hall and porch-tower, the floor was raised by a considerable depth of dry flint and gravel, sterile enough to preserve recognizable remains of small mammals. Saving the question of B, no effects of fire were traceable outside.

B and C. The Ash-deposits and subsequent sealing
   B was the first sealed deposit to be recognized. It is confined to the right-angled triangle between the Hall and the New Kitchen and

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