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|HER Number:||TQ 57 SW 247|
|Type of record:||Monument|
|Name:||Roman Road, Spital Street, Dartford|
Roman road surface with associated ditch. Possibly a temporary alignment before Watling Street was fully established. The remains of a new-born child were found within the fill of the roadside ditch, presumably a convenient place for disposal in the mid to late 1st century. The road had gone out of use by the late 1st century AD.
|Grid Reference:||TQ 54012 74097|
|Parish:||DARTFORD, DARTFORD, KENT|
- DITCH (Abandoned, Roman - 43 AD? to 99 AD? (between))
- ROAD (Abandoned, Roman - 43 AD? to 99 AD? (at some time))
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Evaluation work uncovered a stretch of compacted gravel below the present line of Spital Street representing the Roman Watling Street. The surface recorded consisted of only one layer of metalling, which contained a wheel rut, and perhaps indicates a temporay surface, before Watling Street was firmly establihsed an a slightly different alignment. Running paralled to the north of the gravel was a ditch, presumably a side drain for the road. A sequence of erosion deposits suggest that the ditch was open for sometime. Only one fo the ditch fills was deliberately laid wich contained the remains of a new born child, presumably the dithc was a conveniat place of disposal. A brooch was found from the deposit sealing the burial dating to the mid to late 1st century AD. (1)
<1> Canterbury Archaeological Trust, 1991, Excavations at Spital Street, Dartford; Level IV Report (Unpublished document). SKE12284.
Sources and further reading
|<1>||Unpublished document: Canterbury Archaeological Trust. 1991. Excavations at Spital Street, Dartford; Level IV Report. |