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A later Bronze Age well complex at Swalecliffe, Kent

Masefield, R., Branch, N., Couldrey, P., Goodburn, D. and Tyers, I. (2003) A later Bronze Age well complex at Swalecliffe, Kent. Antiquaries Journal, 83. pp. 47-121. ISSN 1758-5309

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1017/S0003581500077672

Abstract/Summary

This paper examines the significance of seventeen later Bronze Age wells found during construction at Swalecliffe, in north-east Kent. The unusual depth of the features made for exceptional preservation of wooden structural elements, including steps and revetments, demonstrating rare evidence for woodworking and woodmanship. Extensive biological remains facilitated environmental reconstruction, and a lengthy dendrochronological sequence corroborates the internationally important Flag Fen chronology. Dendrochronological and radiocarbon dates demonstrate around 500 years of seemingly continuous use and replacement of wells. Votive deposits and apparatus used for water collection provide glimpses of small-scale ritual and domestic activities. The highly unusual concentration of wells is compared to contemporary sites regionally and elsewhere.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Geography and Environmental Science
Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science > Department of Archaeology
ID Code:32294
Publisher:Society of Antiquaries of London

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