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Archaeologia Cantiana -
Vol. 88 1973
at Eccles Roman Villa, 1972: Eleventh Interim Report.
By A. P. Detsicas, M.A., F.S.A. Scot
to face in the opposite direction as well as reconstructed and
expanded between the second and fourth centuries A.D. Some re-examination
of the open courtyard area needs to be
carried out to seek evidence for possible paths, perhaps even,
for flower-beds and hedges, though a large part of this area
has been disturbed by a deep medieval excavation.
The boundary wall found this year indicates the south-eastern
limits of the enclosed area; however, other installations may
still await discovery farther away from the house. Likewise,
evidence for a service road linking the estate with the main
Roman road from Rochester to Hastings on Blue Bell Hill is
still elusive. No evidence has come to light so far to point
to the location of the Romano-British cemetery.
If the ditches (Ditches XIV-XVI) found below the Anglo-Saxon
cemetery can be conclusively shown to belong to the period
after the end of Roman Britain but opened some time before the
earliest burials another gap in the occupation of the site
will have been closed.
The Anglo-Saxon cemetery extends the history of occupation,
though it is not yet known how far. Its complete limits have
still to be established, and work is also needed to explore
the possibility of a chapel in the vicinity of the cemetery
and, still more important, the likelihood of an Anglo-Saxon
settlement not too far away.14
14 Further evidence
for later occupation was found in 1073 when part of a site,
dating from the thirteenth century, was examined south-east of
and close to the boundary wall.
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