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The Archæology of Kent

Nature volume 127, page 437 (21 March 1931) | Download Citation



IF London justly holds first place in the “County Archaeologies” on the ground of its historic importance, Kent is no less entitled to the second place for its archaeological interest. It is a county peculiarly rich in relics of the prehistoric and early historic periods. It was in its plateau gravels that Benjamin Harrison found the famous eoliths over which controversy is not yet stilled; Kit's Coty House and Coldrum are amongst the most interesting of our megalithic monuments; and in Rich-borough, which for some years has been under excavation by the Office of Works and the Society of Antiquaries, it possesses a site which was in occupation by the Romans for practically the whole of the period of their stay in Britain. Its Saxon relics are no less interesting for the light they throw on the relations of Kent both with the Continent and the rest of England. The evidence for the various periods is passed in review by Mr. Jessup, but his account of Kent in the neolithic, bronze, and early iron ages will be particularly appreciated, as this is the first time that the detailed evidence has been brought together. His treatment of eoliths may appear a trifle over-cautious, and it would have been an advantage had he dealt more fully with the physical characters of the various races who settled in the county.

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