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Highborough Hill and Eastry Court, Kent

Highborough Hill and Eastry Court, Kent

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In May 2005 Videotext Communications Ltd. was commissioned by Channel 4 to carry out an archaeological evaluation, as part of the Time Team television series, at two neighbouring locations; Highborough Hill (centred on NGR 631313 155559), and Eastry Court and environs (centred on NGR 631311 155548), Eastry, Kent. Wessex Archaeology was commissioned to undertake the archaeological site recording, postexcavation processing and assessment of the archaeological evidence recovered.
The high archaeological profile of the area has long been recognised. The line of Eastry High Street follows the course of a major Roman road (Dover to Richborough), which remained an important routeway in the Anglo-Saxon period.
Eastry is known to have represented the centre of an Anglo-Saxon royal estate, the palace associated with which is believed to have been located in the vicinity of Eastry Court. Numerous Anglo-Saxon graves and cemeteries have been excavated within and to the south of the village. Over the past decade several fragments of high status Anglo-Saxon metalwork have been recovered during metal-detector surveys over Highborough Hill suggesting the presence of features of that date in the area.
The geophysical survey and subsequent excavation in the village failed to find any evidence for features or deposits that might be associated with the postulated Anglo-Saxon palace or settlement. Settlement evidence of this date is difficult to locate archaeologically and it is possible that the remains of Anglo-Saxon structures may lie below extant buildings.
In May 2005 Videotext Communications Ltd. was commissioned by Channel 4 to carry out an archaeological evaluation, as part of the Time Team television series, at two neighbouring locations; Highborough Hill (centred on NGR 631313 155559), and Eastry Court and environs (centred on NGR 631311 155548), Eastry, Kent. Wessex Archaeology was commissioned to undertake the archaeological site recording, postexcavation processing and assessment of the archaeological evidence recovered.
The high archaeological profile of the area has long been recognised. The line of Eastry High Street follows the course of a major Roman road (Dover to Richborough), which remained an important routeway in the Anglo-Saxon period.
Eastry is known to have represented the centre of an Anglo-Saxon royal estate, the palace associated with which is believed to have been located in the vicinity of Eastry Court. Numerous Anglo-Saxon graves and cemeteries have been excavated within and to the south of the village. Over the past decade several fragments of high status Anglo-Saxon metalwork have been recovered during metal-detector surveys over Highborough Hill suggesting the presence of features of that date in the area.
The geophysical survey and subsequent excavation in the village failed to find any evidence for features or deposits that might be associated with the postulated Anglo-Saxon palace or settlement. Settlement evidence of this date is difficult to locate archaeologically and it is possible that the remains of Anglo-Saxon structures may lie below extant buildings.

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HIGHBOROUGH HILL, EASTRY COURT andENVIRONS, EASTRY, KENT
ASSESSMENT OF THE RESULTS FROM THEARCHAEOLOGICAL EVALUATION
Prepared on behalf of 
Videotext Communications Ltd.49 Goldhawk RoadLONDONW12 8PQ
 by
Wessex Archaeology
Report reference: 59462.01
December 2005
© Wessex Archaeology Limited 2005 all rights reserved Wessex Archaeology Limited is a Registered Charity No. 287786 
 
Contents
Summary Acknowledgements
1INTRODUCTION...............................................................................................11.1Project background...................................................................................11.2Site description...........................................................................................1
 Highborough Hill.........................................................................................1 Eastry Court and environs...........................................................................2
1.3Archaeological background......................................................................2
 Highborough Hill.........................................................................................2 Eastry Court and environs...........................................................................3
2METHODS...........................................................................................................42.1Introduction................................................................................................42.2Aims and objectives...................................................................................42.3Fieldwork....................................................................................................43RESULTS.............................................................................................................63.1Introduction................................................................................................63.2Geophysical survey....................................................................................6
 Resistance Survey - Eastry Court (Areas 1-4 and 6-7)................................6  Resistance Survey – Village environs (Recreation Ground; Area 5)...........Magnetic Survey – Highborough Hill (Area 8)...........................................
3.3Archaeological evaluation.........................................................................7
 Highborough Hill (Trenches 1-4)................................................................ Eastry Court (Trenches 6, 7, 13 and 15)....................................................10Village environs: Recreation ground (Trenches 8, 12 and 14).................11Village environs: High Street (Trenches 5 and 9-11)................................11
3.4Fieldwalking and metal-detector survey................................................124FINDS.................................................................................................................124.2Pottery.......................................................................................................134.3Ceramic Building Material.....................................................................144.4Fired Clay.................................................................................................144.5Worked Flint............................................................................................144.6Burnt Flint................................................................................................154.7Glass..........................................................................................................154.8Metalwork.................................................................................................154.9Other Finds...............................................................................................174.10Animal Bone.............................................................................................174.11Charred Plant Remains and Charcoals.................................................175DISCUSSION.....................................................................................................196RECOMMENDATIONS..................................................................................207ARCHIVE..........................................................................................................21Appendix 1
: Trench Summariesi

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