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Archaeologia Cantiana - Vol. 87   1972 page 157

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

complete the crest. It is not unreasonable, therefore, to suggest that the Rochester monks, like Chaucer's, had bells upon their harness:

'And whan he rood men mighte his brydel heere Gynglen in a whistlynge wynd as cleere, And eek as loude, as dooth the chapel-belle.'34

   (c) Iron spearhead (Fig. 20, no. 14). This is from the lowest layer of Pit M1, and is associated with the pottery of Group V (a). A twelfth-century date seems likely, therefore, and this is supported by its similarity to the one shown on pi. xvi, no. 5, in Medieval Catalogue, H.M.S.O. London, 1954, which is ascribed to 'the earlier Middle Ages'.


   Many volunteers took part in the work; space considerations alone prevent me from mentioning all of them individually. From the Rochester Girls' Grammar School, Diana Gillespy, Vivien Harris, Nicola Mayhew, Claire Smith, Jean Stacey and Gail Taylor, and from the Mathematical School, Raymond Boast, Stewart Hart, Alan Sears, Stephen Skinner and Peter Thomas gave sustained support, while the work of my two site supervisors, R. W. Chapman, B.A., and R. Lowson, B.A., was beyond praise. I am most grateful also to Messrs. I. J. Bissett and L. B. Bernthall for drawing the pottery and small finds; to Mr. R. G. Foord for much of the photography; to Mr. T. Ithell, B.Eng., for much help with the surveying; to Mrs. K. F. Hartley, B.A., F.S.A., for reporting on the mortaria; and to Mr. M. R. Hull, M.A., F.S.A., for reporting on the brooches. Above all, and not for the first time, I must record my appreciation of all the help given to me by Mr. A. P. Detsicas, M.A., F.S.A., and Mr. P. J. Tester, F.S.A., whose invaluable aid extends far beyond those sections of this paper which bear their names.

   34  Chaucer, The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales, II, 169-71

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