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Canterbury dig discovers medieval marvels

AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL dig has uncovered medieval marvels and clues to one of Canterbury's biggest wartime tragedies. 

Sturry Village archaeological dig - finds to go on show at Macmillan coffe morning at sturry Library next week friday [Credit: This is Kent]
A team from the Canterbury Archaeological Trust has discovered rare pots and post-medieval clay floors hidden beneath 18th and 19th century buildings while excavating the foundations of Franklyn House in Sturry High Street. 

They even dug up a counting token – used by traders instead of currency – minted between 1586 and 1635. This token was made for a man named Hans Krauwinckel in Germany. 

A medieval pot found under the floor [Credit: This is Kent]
But the most exciting find is the buried ruins of the village's Red Lion pub, which was blown up in the Second World War. The pub was destroyed when a parachute bomb dropped by the German Luftwaffe scored a direct hit on November 18, 1941, killing many villagers. 

The Trust has started talks with Canterbury City Council, which is building new retirement homes, about erecting a monument to those who died on the site. The six-week dig only has a few days left to go. It has already discovered a mysterious ceramic pot which was sealed within the clay floor, peg tiles, nails, pottery and part of a clay pipe. 

Sturry Village archaeological dig - finds to go on show at Macmillan coffe morning at sturry Library next week friday. - medieval knife blade [Credit: This is Kent]
Site supervisor Ross Lane said: "The excavation has given archaeologists a rare opportunity to look into the earliest origins of Sturry and trace the development of buildings in the centre of this historic village." 

All the finds will go on display at Sturry Library tomorrow (Friday) as part of the national Macmillan Cancer Support coffee morning at 10am. 

Source: This is Kent [October 01, 2011]

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