Bronze Age discoveries at development site
|Archeologists excavated an Iron Age rubbish pit [Credit: Kent Online]|
Some interesting and unusual finds have been unearthed in the excavations at Cheeseman’s Green, a site given planning permission by Ashford Borough Council for up to 1,180 new homes, where the first phase has just started.
Crest Strategic Projects commissioned the large-scale archaeological investigations at Cheeseman’s Green.
The search has been managed by consultants CgMs, together with Kent County Council Heritage and Wessex Archaeology.
|A Bronze Age pottery vessel in situ at Cheesemans Green, Ashford [Credit: Kent Online]|
Evidence has been revealed of constant change in past settlements. What are now empty fields were once homes to thriving communities.
The finds are similar to those previously recorded at Park Farm, Brisley Farm, Waterbrook Farm, the Orbital Park, and most recently in trial trenching at Chilmington Green.
The information gained from all of these sites is of regional importance as it suggests that south Ashford was very densely settled from the late Bronze Age to the early Roman period – with a density of rural settlement similar to that seen in the 17th century AD.
|A Bronze Age pottery vessel found at Cheesemans Green, Ashford [Credit: Kent Online]|
Cllr Gerry Clarkson, Deputy leader of Ashford Borough Council, said: “These important archaeological investigations provide us with a link to Ashford’s past that will be of interest not only to the local community but have a broader, regional importance.
"It is fascinating to learn about the discoveries and I hope that these will be of real interest to everyone interested in the history of the borough as well as adding to the national store of knowledge.“
The entire development site will eventually be examined and the findings published.
Author: James Scott | Source: Kent Online [October 04, 2012]