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Excavations at Springhead Roman Town, Southfleet, Kent

Boyle, Angela and Early, Robert (1999) Excavations at Springhead Roman Town, Southfleet, Kent. Oxford Archaeological Unit Ltd. ISBN 0-904220-11-7




In Autumn 1994 the Oxford Archaeological Unit excavated approximately 860 m of cable trench on behalf of Seeboard plc. The cable trench passed through part of the Scheduled Ancient Monument believed to encompass Springhead Roman Town. This phase of work was preceded by a desktop assessment, a surface collection survey and a geophysical survey, and supplemented by a watching brief which ended in January 1995. Part of the excavated cable trench passed through the scheduled area to the west of the railway line and proved to be empty of archaeological deposits and features. The remaining length of trench ran east of the railway and immediately outside the southern limit of the scheduled area. Excavation in this section produced evidence for Roman activity dating from the 1st to the 4th century and characterised by ditches, gullies, pits (some containing metalworking debris), postholes, floor layers and a succession of road surfaces. Numerous finds of a wide variety of types and materials were recovered. The results suggest that the current Scheduling is inappropriate and it is therefore advisable that the results of this investigation are fitted into the wider framework of past investigations of the town.

Item Type:Book
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Kent
Period > UK Periods > Roman 43 - 410 AD
ID Code:368
Deposited By: Joseph Reeves
Deposited On:29 Nov 2010 18:23
Last Modified:15 Feb 2012 15:44

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