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The Trench Between March and May 1994, a watching brief was undertaken in the former Pound Lane car park, during the cutting of foundation and service trenches for a new terrace of houses fronting St. Peters Lane. An archaeological evaluation of the site had taken place during September of the previous year (Parfitt 1995, 7-8).

Most of the trenches did not exceed a depth of 1.30 m. and their stratigraphy was generally consistent with that observed in 1993. The shallow nature of the trenches, combined with a high watertable and a large amount of modern concrete and brick rubble, meant that only a narrow band of deposits was visible. The occasional small patch of chalk or clay flooring was detected, concentrated along the St Peter's Lane road frontage. Here, flint walls, which by their profile and composition could have been the remains of the dwarf walls of a timber-framed building, were observed. Associated floor levels were recorded, but there was no dating evidence other than peg-tile fragments beneath the floors.

The evidence gleaned from the shallow trenches observed during the watching brief would seem largely to substantiate the findings of the former evaluation, namely that due to serious waterlogging in the past, complex archaeological deposits are generally deeply buried in this part of the city.

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The text and pictures were taken from Canterbury's Archaeology 1994/1995, The 19th Annual Report of Canterbury Archaeological Trust Ltd.


Peter Collinson Last change: 7th September 2008