Test pit evaluation by C Morris of AOC. The site is adjacent to the site that revealed a substantial scatter of worked flint, thought to represent the in-situ remains of a Late Upper Palaeolithic campsite (SyAC 99, 221), but it produced no Palaeolithic material. A small residual quantity of worked Mesolithic flint artefacts was recovered. A shallow ditch on the western side of the site produced Late Iron Age pottery and Roman pottery and flue tile; a further ditch produced slag and Roman tile fragments.
Archaeological monitoring by E Govier of Border Archaeology Ltd revealed a series of furrows that appeared to be the result of ploughing. However, while they were considered too narrow and tightly spaced to represent open-field ridge-and-furrow cultivation, their irregular morphology did not appear to reflect modern ploughing. Pottery recovered from top- and subsoil during the strip ranged in date from the Roman to the later post-medieval/modern periods.
Metal detector survey led by N Cowlard of EEHAS recovered a number of later Roman coins but all from areas of disturbed ground.
Following the great success of the 2018 conference on the transition from Roman to Saxon in the South-East, the Roman Studies Group is arranging another such event, this time focusing on the end of the Iron Age and the start of Roman Britain in our area.
This event was originally due to be held in May 2020 but was cancelled due to the Corona virus pandemic.
Anne Sassin-Allen, Surrey Archaeological Society's Projects Outreach Officer and Community Archaeologist for the Darent Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme, will update us on one of her latest projects. A dig over several seasons at Lullingstone villa looked at an area not previously excavated and adds to the fascinating story of the site.
Currently it is intended to allow access to this and other RSG Zoom meetings to RSG members only. As a member you will receive a Zoom link by e-mail a week before the meeting.
Emma Corke, site director, will update us on the excavation held in July-August 2020 on the hilltop site at Abinger. Features uncovered this year have consolidated the layout of buildings found in previous seasons and illuminated a palimpsest of rural settlement activity. Due to Covid restrictions the volunteer team was smaller than usual but if you were not able to be on site this year this is your chance to catch up on what was found.