Kent University decided to build a new college on the site. Archaeologists were called in. They found Iron Age settlement and a beautiful a gold coin with a stylised horse on it.
|Iron Age gold coin made in a place which is now Belgium|
|4.2 hectare archaeological site on Kent University campus|
There were a couple of tents, where excavated artefacts were displayed. Surprisingly, there was Iron Age pottery.
|Iron Age pottery shard|
There are lots of flint stones in our garden, but once a while we see this red stones. They are pretty and I like them, so I have collected some from the garden. Now I know that they are probably remnants of iron age pottery industry!
|Heated flint stone became white outside and red inside.|
|Iron Age pottery shards|
We were taken to guided tour of the site. This is where pottery was made. The black part was fired place. Archaeologists think that Iron Age people layered unfired pots and combustible material, covered them and fired the pottery (pit firing).
|Iron Age kiln from top view|
|Iron Age kiln side view|
Now you probably wonder what they made. They made pots used for rituals. This pot is going to be CT scanned, so that contents will not be disturbed.
|Iron Age pottery|
They were also used for burials. The burial area was most likely to be fenced off; there were posts holes surrounding the area. We stood in the middle of it. (Well, it used to be a rough football pitch, and we used to run around with Topaz)
This is one of the holes. There were lots of them.
|Burial pot was excavated from this hole|
They also made spindle whorls and weights for looms. It is so interesting. I have read about the oldest textiles made from a loom and the oldest ceramic found in the Ice age settlement in central Europe while I was writing an essay a couple of months ago. I wanted to visit the sites and museums in Czech and Germany. I had never expected that I would see something like this so close to us.
It is on the top of the hill. Our house is five minutes walk from the building, the top of which is visible on the right side.
|Topaz used to run around this 4.2 hectares' ground|
Canterbury archaeological trust's cool van.
We were shown also a boundary ditch.
|A boundary ditch|
|First I thought they were mice dropping!|
After the guided tour, we looked around the site. Because of the construction, I haven't come here for a couple of years. The ground was dug this deep.
|About 60 cm|
I love history and love even more prehistoric artefacts. I feel so lucky to be able to see them so close from home. Now I am more curious about the things I found in our own garden. I found a little shell shape bronze some years ago, I am now thinking to take it the trust so that they could look at it.