Investigations

Hunt The Saxons

 

This was the first Community Archaeology project which was started from scratch in the small historic market town of Faversham in Kent which lasted for 3 years (2005 - 2007). During this first season the project touched the lives of hundreds of the local people, some more than others, and has already increased understanding of the development of this ancient settlement. Go to the project

Anglo-Saxon Helmet © OU

Understanding Ospringe

 

The second community archaeology project that FSARG undertook was Understanding Ospringe which set out to investigate two areas of near complete ignorance: the prehistory of Ospringe/ middle Westbrook valley, and what was going on in this area in the middle medieval period before the building around AD1234 of the Maison Dieu. The project was to run for 2 years (2008 - 2009) and has culminated in some very exiting discoveries. Go to the project

Davington Mysteries

 

The Davington project came about following an oral report in autumn 2009 concerning a JCB operator working in the area in the 1970s where a large stone feature resembling a tomb was briefly uncovered. Following up this story led to a whole set of puzzles about the history of Davington Hall/ Manor which had formerly occupied this particular site, such as an apparently unrecorded 13th century wall segment and gateway. The project set out to answer to answer three questions:

  • Where was the original medieval house on the Davington Hall site, how large was it, what relationship does it have to the surviving 17th century walls and gateways?
  • Is there any evidence for a medieval settlement in the open field area next to Davington Priory Church?
  • What evidence is there for the southern part of the plateau having been a fortified Iron Age site?

 

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St Ann's Area

 

In 2012, the Faversham Society Archaeological Research Group (FSARG) conducted a part-desktop, part-non-intrusive fieldwork activity with the aim of collating information to construct a chronological narrative of the area now know as the St Ann’s estate, and in doing so, to identify possible areas for future investigation. The area of research lies to to the south and east of the Davington plateau along the path of the Westbrook Valley. See the report

The Lost Tower of Luddenham

 

A five day field investigation was carried out in June 2011 to locate and characterise the remains of the north tower of Luddenham Parish church, which collapsed in 1806. Substantial remains of the foundations were found with finds of late medieval tiles and window cames and abundant re-used Roman building material such as roof tiles and box flue tiles.

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Preston - A Most Peculiar Parish

 

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Investigating the Stonebridge Crossing

 

It seemed to us that the Stonebridge Crossing of the Westbrook has been a focus for human settlement and movement for a very long time indeed - we have evidence from the area going back 14,000 years. The 2015 season was an attempt to increase our understanding of the area immediately adjacent to the crossing.

 

 

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Searching for the Kings Manor

 

The main aim of this project is to locate the royal manor complex of mid Saxon and Saxo-Norman times. The focus in 2007 was to look north of the parish church but this year the area south of the church, up to around Gatefield Lane, will be the focus of attention. This will cover the rectangle enclosed by East St/ Recreation Road/ Gatefield Lane (including adjacent to the south)/ Preston St. The corresponding rectangle to the north enclosed by East Street/ Middle Row-Court St / Church St then across east to Cooks Ditch/ south to Whitstable Road. This is quite a large area and investigating it thoroughly is likely to take 2-3 seasons.

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