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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 86  1971  page 164
Eynsford Castle and its Excavation. 
By S. E. Rigold, M.A., F.S.A., F.R.Hist.S.
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from a vast mass. Handles of at least seventy jugs have been noted and a sample weighing about 3 kg. produced almost exactly 50 per cent each of pure sand-tempered and of lightly shell-filled; the proportion of the latter would have been higher if jugs had not been unusually numerous, relatively few of these containing shell. The characteristic flat flange without any upper bevel, a fashion seen around 1300 in pottery over a very wide area, is most marked on the bowls, but is generally seen on cooking-pots and on the large storage-jars that now appear, and may well have been taller than as reconstructed.
   Cooking-pots (Fig. 20) vary in size, but many (eating-vessels?) are now smaller again. They are generally without pricking or ornament and the rims fall into three classes, without respect to size (Fig. 20): (a) triangular, as D4, D5, D6, D8, D9; (b) level and flat-flanged, D7, D11, D13, D14 and the transitional shouldered bowl, DIO; (c) flat and down-turned, as Dl, D12, D15, D16, D17. D3 is of the old, rolled-over form. Most contain shell but its absence seems insignificant.
   Storage-jars (Fig. 20), in SS fabric, are more ornate, with wide, stabbed rims, rilling and thumb-strips, as D18, D19.
   Bowls (Fig. 21) are very numerous, generally, but not always contain shell, and vary much in size and in the profile and surface-ornament of their flanges. Many (as D25, 26, 31, 32, 33, 35) have inner beads. Few rims are stabbed, but the decoration includes combing (D26, D34), wavy lines (D21, D30), slashing (D25, D29) and thumbing (D22, D23).
   Jugs (Figs. 22, 23 and 24, in part) are more often of bulbous (as D37, D39) than of baluster (as D40) form and often surprisingly thin-walled. The finest are in dark grey fabric, as D37, D38, in ST b, or D40, in SS b. Wall-ornament is usually by delicate combing in lattice-patterns, or more often, wavy lines, as D37. Rims, handles and ornaments of the base-angle have been classified, but show all possible combinations. Rims may be: (a) plain, with upper edge sloped inwards, as D41; (b) triangular, generally with inner bead, as D39, D43; (c) of degenerate 'collared' form, as D42; (d) carinate and combed, as D37; (e) flanged, as D36. Handles nearly all have fine stabbing and, at most one central slash as D47, but this is rare at Eynsford (surprisingly it occurs in BB-BB4), commoner in the group from Dartford referred to above (? slightly earlier, or slightly later). Handles may be of rod, oval (perhaps the commonest), or broad strap section. Two large but unreconstructible jugs in ST 6 fabric are 'cisterns', with spigot-holes (D67). Base-angles may be plain, pressed, as D51, pinched, as D50, or slashed, as D52. Fish-dishes, D48, D49, continue much as before. Skillets include hollow-handled vessels as B14 (which may have a D origin) and flat-handled ones as D20.

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