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Diagram of kiln Excavations funded by the developer, Mr Geoffrey Barrett, were completed on this site. The pottery and initial findings were presented in last year's Annual Report (19, 39-40).

When complete, the plan of the kiln showed that it was of single flue form, with a tongue-like pedestal running out from the back of the kiln. A hole in the front of the tongue may have held a pillar to help support the dome of the structure. Fired clay bars were probably rested on the tongue and fastened into the clay walls of the oven to form a perforated floor on which stacked pots would have rested. Logically the 'exhaust' would have been a vent in the dome of the kiln. A small hole just inside the flue suggests the positioning of a small baffle which would divert flames and hot gasses into the side channels under the suspended floor. A domed structure 'stiffened' with wickerwork is indicated by the rows of stake-holes surrounding parts of the kiln. Unfired buff clay fragments were located in the stoke area. These have been lifted for scientific analysis and comparison with the waste pottery in the kiln and samples have been taken for archaeomagnetic dating of the kiln fabric.

Beneath the kiln, stratified waterlogged deposits included the tail of an earth/turf bank which backed the Roman city wall. A Wicker-lined well which may be contemporary with the kiln was located nearby.

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The text and pictures were taken from Canterbury's Archaeology 1986/1987, The 11th Annual Report of Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.

Peter Collinson Last change: 7th September 2008