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Roman and Stone Age remains find at dig in Warden Bay on the Isle of Sheppey

25 November 2009
  • Archaeologist Andy Margetts, with dig-marking paint, at the site off Leysdown Road.

    Archaeologist Andy Margetts, with dig-marking paint, at the site off Leysdown Road.

  • Tom Profitt moves a barrow of very heavy topsoil off the dig.

    Tom Profitt moves a barrow of very heavy topsoil off the dig.

  • Tom Proffitt digs out a spot at the site off Leysdown Road.

    Tom Proffitt digs out a spot at the site off Leysdown Road.

  • Nina Olofsson down on hands and knees as she scrapes through the soil.

    Nina Olofsson down on hands and knees as she scrapes through the soil.

Roman remains found in dig

by Emma Grove

Archaeologists working on the site of a proposed primary school have uncovered some exciting finds.

Some of the artefacts uncovered include brooches, metal work, pots and signs of timber buildings.

The dig, commissioned by Kent County Council, is taking place in Leysdown Road near the junction with Warden Bay Road.

A planning application has been

submitted to build the school which will serve 120 children from Warden Bay. It would be an extension to Eastchurch Primary School and a decision is expected early next year.

Archaeology work started on the site in September and excavation has revealed remains from the Bronze Age through to the post-medieval periods.

A spokesman for Archaeology South East, which is carrying out the dig, said: “Excavations are

revealing Roman and medieval field systems, enclosures and pits containing evidence of everyday life in the Isle of Sheppey’s ancient past.

“On the adjacent site, recent excavations have uncovered a late Iron Age or early Roman funeral pit, containing three fragmented ceramic vessels associated with cremated human bone, up to six badly corroded copper-alloy brooches and a cosmetic set comprising a copper-alloy pestle and mortar.”

Some of the finds will be on display at an open day on Saturday from 10am to 2pm.

There will also be members of Archaeology South East to answer questions from visitors. Anyone is welcome to come along to the event, which is free. Access to the site is off Warden Bay Road, just before Happy Valley Holiday Park.

Stout footwear and appropriate wet weather clothing is essential. There is no need to book.

For information contact Sam Emery on 01273 426830 or email fau@ucl.ac.uk

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