Virtual tour of Lees Court Estate excavations
Take a virtual tour of the Society's excavations of a prehistoric landscape of roundbarrows and mortuary pits at Lees Court Estate near Badlesmere.
Recorded Sun, 18 Jun 2023
Holly Grove Mound, at the top of a woody slope at Lees Court Estate near Badlesmere in Kent, had previously been identified as a Bronze Age round barrow. A resistivity survey indicated the possibility of an outer ring ditch surrounding the barrow and extending into the adjacent large ploughed field known as Stringman's Field.
In 2018, exploratory excavations began over the ring ditch structure in Stringman's Field. This evaluation revealed many features consistent with this being another round barrow. A possible entrance on the north side of the structure threw up the possibility of a causewayed enclosure. Keith Parfitt directed an area excavation in the 2023 season to establish precisely what this structure is.
Dating of ceramic finds in the area pushed back initial estimation of the age of the site, suggesting the structure may have had Late-Neolithic origins and used into the Bronze Age.