Lewis, C. and Ranson, C., (2012). Archaeological Test Pit Excavations in Smarden, Kent, 2008. University of Cambridge: Access Cambridge Archaeology.

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Archaeological Test Pit Excavations in Smarden, Kent, 2008
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Access Cambridge Archaeology unpublished report series
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accessca1-158483_1.pdf (3 MB) : Download
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1022308
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This report presents the results of a programme of archaeological excavation of 10 1m2 'test pits' in the small Kent town of Smarden, carried out in autumn 2008. The programme was funded by the Smarden Local History Society with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund. Over two days, more than 100 people form the local area took part in the excavations. The results provided new evidence for the development of the area now occupied by the town from the 12th century AD onwards. No evidence of activity of prehistoric or Roman date was identified, with the earliest datable material derived from the 12th century. By the mid-14th century the settlement had developed into a small town, by which time it had probably acquired a planned layout including a formal market. The town flourished, seemingly little affected by the later medieval economic and demographic recession, and is today a vibrant community with a significant number of medieval houses still upstanding. An assemblage of medieval and later coins found in the centre of the settlement appears to be of recent origin, and may not originally derive from Smarden.
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C Lewis
C Ranson
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Access Cambridge Archaeology
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Historic England (OASIS Reviewer)
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2012
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Site: Smarden
Parish: SMARDEN
District: ASHFORD
County: KENT
Country: England
Location - Auto Detected: Kent
Location - Auto Detected: Smarden
Grid Reference: 588000, 142300 (Easting, Northing)
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Find: Coin Medieval
Find: Coin Post Medieval
Find: Pot Medieval
Find: Pot Post Medieval
Monus: Layer Medieval
Monus: Layer 20th Century
Monus: Layer Post Medieval
Temporal - Auto Detected: 12th Century
Temporal - Auto Detected: Prehistoric
Temporal - Auto Detected: Mid14th Century
Temporal - Auto Detected: 12th Century Ad
Medieval
Roman
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OASIS Id: accessca1-158483
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A4, plastic comb bound, 63 pages
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25 Nov 2016
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