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Early British Camp

Nature volume 134, pages 208209 (11 August 1934) | Download Citation



AN important discovery of, it is conjectured, either an early British camp or the site of the capital of one of the Kentish kings, is announced in the Times of August 6. The site is at Bigberry Woods, near Canterbury, and its exploration, which will occupy two seasons, has been undertaken by a committee, of which Lord Conway of Allington i& chairman and Messrs. R. F. Jessup and N. C. Cook of the Maidstone Museum are the joint directors. A number of accidental finds have been made there in the past,including a glass jug (Roman) and a large earthenware pot. Other finds have been made—chariot harness and gear, a slave charm and implements. It is thought that the position, occupying about 25 acres on the top of a hill, being a natural strong point, may have been held as a camp up to the time the Romans occupied the valley where Canterbury now stands. Cuttings have been made on the north side and have brought to light a ditch filled with rubble, broken earthenware and vegetable matter. The excavators have also found a rampart and a black occupational level which contains much broken pottery. More pottery was found in a cess-pit, but a cooking pit, flint-lined, serving a group of wattle and daub huts, contained little pottery. Excavations have also been begun on the south side, whence most of the previous material has come.

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