Farming, Everyday Life and Ritual
6000 years of archaeological at Thanet Earth
In the late 2000s, the development of the country's biggest glasshouse complex by Fresca Group Ltd at Monkton Road Farm on Isle of Thanet led to one of the largest open area excavations ever conducted in Kent. The development covered 90 hectares (about 220 acres) of previously open agricultural land, including the building of seven industrial scale greenhouses, a packhouse, a research and education centre and associated roads, drainage and other infrastructure, and considerable remodelling of the existing landscape, through cut and fill works to create the eight flat platforms. Kent County Council Heritage Group stipulated that those areas about to be reduced should be subjected to comprehensive archaeological investigation. This lavishly illustrated and approachable book presents a description of the superb archaeology uncovered as a result, 6000 years of farming, everyday life and ritual, from some of the earliest farmers in the British Isles, to Copper and Bronze Age burials and monuments, prehistoric and Romano-British landscapes, Anglo-Saxons and hitherto completely unknown agglomeration of medieval settlement covering the entire site, complete with mysterious underground chambers. These buildings and farmsteads fell out of use and disappeared from memory hundreds of years before the hilltop agrarian site came to be characterised by lonely seamarks to guide post-medieval mariners, and finally the location of occasional Second World War installations.
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The Lower Lines
Archaeological Investigations 2007-2009
The Lower Lines formed a key part of the defences of Chatham Dockyard during the early part of the nineteenth century. While they were never used in combat, they became the focus for siege training during the later part of the century, and for the development of innovative new military technologies by the Royal Engineers. Latterly they were repurposed during the Second World War as part of the land defences for the Nore Command.
The archaeological work undertaken between 2007 and 2009 focussed on two sites, at Mid Kent College and the Black Lion Leisure Centre. This work allowed study of the defences, but also provided an opportunity to investigate how the Royal Engineers were using the area. They constructed elaborate siege exercises, involving many hundreds of men while also experimenting with new technologies such as electric searchlights. The archaeology together with contemporary records allow an intimate picture of what was taking place on the site throughout the nineteenth and into the twentieth centuries.
£30.00 + postage and packing