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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 86  1971  page 150
Eynsford Castle and its Excavation. 
By S. E. Rigold, M.A., F.S.A., F.R.Hist.S.
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In category ii the early material is not enough to serialize forms and the general impression is that each separate fabric is remarkably conservative and simply gets commoner, common enough to serialize the later forms. Category iii shows a similar conservatism of fabric and includes a small proportion of continental imports, but in all periods and categories there are very few wares other than strictly local. Situations encoded as in excavation section.

i. Shell-Gritted Wares
   W and X wares were at first classed together, but the stratification allows them to be separated, not always beyond dispute. In both phases, the cooking-pots are generally small and there are only two or three base-angle sherds to some twenty rims and necks. Lullingstone, where the phases cannot be separated, shows the same proportion. Clearly the majority were globular. No thumb-strips, except possibly on a hand-made sherd.
   Phase W (Fig. 12). Three wares: (a) Shell fairly fine but irregular; fabric hard, compact and heavy; surfaces relatively smooth; body and surfaces dark red to black. Wl, W2, everted rim with slight convexity and bead (both from aa, hearth under Hall). W3, upturned rim (λ [l], primary humus, W101). W4, more upright rim, clubbed δ [d], basal gravel, W102). W5, similar (X context, solar undercroft). W6, shorter clubbed rim (context as W3 but in β [b], (b) Crude, possibly hand-made, fine shell and chalk, dark grey to brown. W7, stubby rim (context as W6). (c) Lighter weight, coarse shell, approaching ware X c—wall-sherds only, especially near the base of the curtain in β [b], east; perhaps only in the second mounding and intramural gully.
   Phase X (Figs 12, 17). Again three wares: (a) Finely ground shell, generally dark grey, harder and thinner than W a. XI, everted, beaded rim (solar undercroft, demolition of OT, X 103). X2, everted cable-beaded rim (in wall-mortar of solar undercroft), (b) Very thick, fine shell and chalk, buff-brown to dark grey; a smoother version of W b, surface almost 'soapy'; minimal rims (Fig. 1). X7 (X103, solar undercroft), X8 (X103, hall undercroft); another from β [b] west, under the Y chalk was possibly to be associated with the final W clay capping, (c) Much the commonest ware, with many wall sherds in X103 and the gully within the east curtain; very coarse shell-grit, lighter, more friable, red, oxidized surfaces, sometimes quite bright in colour with conspicuous shell-flakes, the development of W c, and probably the ancestor of all the later shell-gritted wares. X3, 4, 5, 6, all with simple everted rims, straight or nearly so—X6, a large lamp or small bowl. All from destruction of OT (X103) or footing-trench of cross-wall of Hall, except X3 β [b], east, under temporary clay hearth in gully— a Y context?).

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