Group V. Pit M1.
The material can be separated into stratified divisions:
(a) 14-17, from lowest part of filling.
(b) 18-24, main filling.
(c) 25-26, upper filling.
(d) 27-42, stratum covering and extending beyond pit.
14-40. Grey shelly wares, except 34 which is sandy,
and 25. Mostly simple rims of twelfth-century type but 37 and 38
are matched by thirteenth-century forms at Eynsford. No. 25 is a
spouted pitcher, dark grey, with vertical impressed strip on body
and under spout. This decoration occurs on a twelfth-century
imported pitcher of quite different ware from Lime Street, London,
figured in Med. Arch., iii (1959), 62. No. 27 is another
spouted pitcher of rather shelly grey ware with orange surface
decorated with scored undulating lines.
41-42. Necks of unglazed jugs in grey sandy ware.
Group VI. From a stratum observed to dip into the 1225 ditch.
43. Spouted pitcher of reddish-buff ware, with thin
uneven yellow glaze. Top of spout linked to rim by encircling
band. Handle decorated with twisted strip. Body encircled by
girth-grooves and ornamented with vertical wavy ribbons.
Restoration of tripod base is conjectural. This type of vessel is
well represented in the Oxford region and at Southampton, but is
rare in Kent. A twelfth-century type but in this instance
evidently surviving into the early part of the century following.
Cf. Antiq. Journ., xxxix (1959), 261, fig. 17; Arch.
Cant., lxxvi (1961), 46-7.
Grey ware fired to reddish-brown on surface, with fine shell. No.
46 has wavy line scored round top of flange.
Group VII. Pit M6. Probably first half of thirteenth century. The
necks of the cooking pots tend to be set back, rather than everted
as typical of the twelfth century.
48-56. Grey ware, more or less shelly, except 54
which is sandy. No. 52 appears to be the neck of a large jug, and
is sandy with very little shell.
Group VIII. Pit M2.
57-76. An apparent overlapping of simple
twelfth-century type rim-forms with more developed examples
characteristic of the thirteenth. Stabbing round the rim occurs
(though not exclusively) in the twelfth century, while forms
similar to 72, 74 and 76 appear c. 1200-1250 at Strood and
Eynsford (Arch. Journ., cxxii (196), 1266). All grey wares
with varying degrees of shell filling, except 65 which is