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Kingsborough Manor, Sheppey

Kingsborough Manor, Sheppey

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Published by Wessex Archaeology
Wessex Archaeology has carried out a programme of archaeological work on land north-east of Kingsborough Farm, Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, commissioned by Jones Homes (Southern) Ltd, in advance of the Kingsborough Manor development. This assessment report presents the results of the work, which comprised evaluation, excavation and watching brief monitoring, and includes proposals for post-excavation analyses and publication of the results.
The site (NGR 5978 1722) comprised a total area of c. 8 hectares north-east of Kingsborough Farm, which lies 2km south-east of Minster and c. 1.25km north-west of Eastchurch. The site was a sub-rectangular block of land approximately 415m long and 180m wide and occupied an elevated position on the Isle of Sheppey, close to the southern edge of a ridge extending east-west along the island. The site has commanding views to the north and east and to the south over the River Swale and the north Kent coast.

The archaeological work extended discoveries made on the site by Archaeology South-East in an initial evaluation and an excavation (Phase 1, Stage 1 excavation). This identified a large Early Neolithic (4000 – 3000 BC) Causewayed Enclosure in the southern part of the site. Only the second to be recorded in Kent (the other is in Ramsgate), this discovery is of regional and national archaeological importance. The excavation also revealed part of the circuit of a Late Bronze Age (1100 – 700 BC) enclosure north of the Causewayed enclosure, containing cremation or pyre refuse pits and post-holes, and Roman period features including a rectilinear enclosure, postholes and two cremations. Medieval ditches and undated features were also recorded.

Find out more at http://www.wessexarch.co.uk/projects/kent/kingsborough-manor
Wessex Archaeology has carried out a programme of archaeological work on land north-east of Kingsborough Farm, Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, commissioned by Jones Homes (Southern) Ltd, in advance of the Kingsborough Manor development. This assessment report presents the results of the work, which comprised evaluation, excavation and watching brief monitoring, and includes proposals for post-excavation analyses and publication of the results.
The site (NGR 5978 1722) comprised a total area of c. 8 hectares north-east of Kingsborough Farm, which lies 2km south-east of Minster and c. 1.25km north-west of Eastchurch. The site was a sub-rectangular block of land approximately 415m long and 180m wide and occupied an elevated position on the Isle of Sheppey, close to the southern edge of a ridge extending east-west along the island. The site has commanding views to the north and east and to the south over the River Swale and the north Kent coast.

The archaeological work extended discoveries made on the site by Archaeology South-East in an initial evaluation and an excavation (Phase 1, Stage 1 excavation). This identified a large Early Neolithic (4000 – 3000 BC) Causewayed Enclosure in the southern part of the site. Only the second to be recorded in Kent (the other is in Ramsgate), this discovery is of regional and national archaeological importance. The excavation also revealed part of the circuit of a Late Bronze Age (1100 – 700 BC) enclosure north of the Causewayed enclosure, containing cremation or pyre refuse pits and post-holes, and Roman period features including a rectilinear enclosure, postholes and two cremations. Medieval ditches and undated features were also recorded.

Find out more at http://www.wessexarch.co.uk/projects/kent/kingsborough-manor

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Wessex Archaeology 
 August 2002Ref: 46792.2
Kingsborough Manor Development,Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, Kent
Watching Briefs, Evaluation,and Phase 1, Stage 2 Excavation Assessment Report and Proposals for Post-Excavation Analyses and Publication
 
KINGSBOROUGH MANOR DEVELOPMENT, EASTCHURCHISLE OF SHEPPEY, KENTWatching Briefs, Evaluationand Phase 1, Stage 2 Archaeological ExcavationAssessment Report on the Results of the Excavation includingproposals for Post-Excavation Analyses and Publication
Prepared on behalf of 
Jones Homes (Southern) Ltd3 White Oak SquareSwanleyKentBR8 7AG
 by
Wessex ArchaeologyPortway HouseOld Sarum Park SalisburySP4 6EB
Report reference: 46792.2
August 2002
© The Trust for Wessex Archaeology Limited 2002 all rights reserved The Trust for Wessex Archaeology Limited is a Registered Charity No. 287786 
 
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ContentsSummaryAcknowledgementsPART A: PROJECT BACKGROUND AND RESULTS..........................................11 INTRODUCTION...............................................................................................11.1 Project Background...................................................................................11.2 The Site........................................................................................................21.3 Archaeological Background......................................................................21.4 Aims of the Archaeological Work (Phase 1, Stage 2 excavation)..........32 METHODOLOGY..............................................................................................42.1 Introduction................................................................................................42.2 Watching Brief and Trenches 41-44.........................................................42.3 Phase 1 Stage 2 Excavation and Trenches 45-49.....................................42.4 The Archive................................................................................................53 THE STRUCTURAL EVIDENCE....................................................................53.1 Introduction................................................................................................53.2 Natural deposits and soil sequence...........................................................63.3 Watching brief and Evaluation Trenches 41-44......................................63.4 Archaeological Sequence...........................................................................74 FINDS ASSESSMENT......................................................................................144.1 Introduction..............................................................................................144.2 Pottery.......................................................................................................154.3 Fired Clay and Ceramic Objects............................................................184.4 Stone..........................................................................................................184.5 Worked and Burnt Flint..........................................................................184.6 Metalwork and metalworking debris.....................................................194.7 Human bone..............................................................................................194.8 Other finds................................................................................................204.9 Animal Bone.............................................................................................205 ENVIRONMENTAL EVIDENCE...................................................................205.1 Aims...........................................................................................................205.2 Samples taken and palaeo-environmental evidence.............................205.3 Sample Processing Methods....................................................................215.4 Assessment Results: the data..................................................................21PART B: PROPOSALS FOR POST-EXCAVATION ANALYSES ANDDISSEMINATION......................................................................................................306 STATEMENT OF POTENTIAL.....................................................................306.1 Overview of Structural Evidence............................................................306.2 Finds..........................................................................................................306.3 Environmental remains...........................................................................317 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES...............................................................................347.1 Aims...........................................................................................................347.2 Objectives..................................................................................................348 METHOD STATEMENT.................................................................................348.1 Strategy.....................................................................................................348.2 Archaeological Background....................................................................358.3 Site records and archive stabilisation.....................................................358.4 Finds..........................................................................................................35

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