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Archaeologia Cantiana - Vol. 87   1972 page 149

Rochester East Gate, 1969. By A. C. Harrison, B.A., F.S.A.

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.
44-47. 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

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