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KENT MONOGRAPH SERIES


Bound Research Volumes of major sites

Volume 1 - Excavations at Faversham, 1965   (out of print)

£8.00

£10.00

£9.00

£16.00

£16.00

£12.00

£24.00

£18.00

£28.00

£24.00

£24.00

Volume 2 - Excavations in West Kent 1960-70 by Brian Philp

Published in 1973 this contains full excavation reports on 30 sites of pre-historic Roman, Saxon and later dates. Major sites include:

  • Neolithic site at Hayes, with important pottery groups
  • Late Bronze age site at Hayes Common
  • Roman Villa at Darenth, major aisled building of five periods 1st - 4th centuries
  • Roman Bath House at Hayes
  • Many plans, sections, photographs and 629 drawn objects

Volume 3 - The Roman Forts of the Classis Britannica at Dover 1970-77 by Brian Philp


Published in 1981 this deals with large-scale excavations in Dover ahead of A20 roadworks. It covers the discovery of two large forts built by the classis britannica. The first (probably AD117) unfinished. The second (AD130-208) with defensive walls and ditch, two gatehouses, 14 internal buildings and many roads and drains. The buildings include offices, barracks, two granaries and a latrine. This is the only Roman naval base in the Empire that has been excavated and published. Many plans, sections, photographs and 882 drawn objects.

Volume 4 - Excavation in the Darent Valley, Kent by Brian Philp


Published in 1984 this deals with three major excavations between 1972-5.

An Iron age farmstead on Farningham Hill. The total excavation of an enclosed farmstead with three entrances, round house outline, and storage pits dating 100BC- 50AD. The prehistoric, Roman and Saxon sites in Darenth, largely beneath the site of the palatial Roman Villa. The Archbishops of Canterbury's Palace at Otford. This covers part of the east and south ranges and the south-east corner tower, moat of the Tudor Palace (1514). Also the underlying 12th century moat and a 14th century structure and moat. Many plans, sections, photographs and 482 drawn objects.

Volume 5 - The Roman House with Bacchic Murals at Dover by Brian Philp


Published in 1989 this is the full excavation report on six rooms of a high status mansio, built just outside the classis britannica Fort. The walls survive up to 3 metres high and there are several complete hypocausts. Over 400 square feet of high quality coloured murals survive in-situ, dedicated to Bacchus, are the best preserved Roman paintings north of the Alps. Built about AD200 the mansio (Painted House) was buried about AD270 under the western defences of the late Roman Shore-fort, which resulted in the unique survival of the paintings. Many detailed plans, sections, coloured photographs and 283 drawn objects.

Volume 6 - The Roman Villa site at Keston, Kent (First report 1968-78) by Brian Philp et al.


Published in 1991 this covers the most complete villa excavation in London, Kent, Sussex or Surrey. Two major masonry building and two major timber buildings were excavated, the main Villa-house, a second house and a great aisled barn. Beyond were ditched enclosures, fenced compounds, a quarry, a corn dryer, storage tanks, a metalled track and 1st century kiln debris. All 1st to 4th century AD. Beneath lay Iron Age pits and four-post structures and above a sunken-floored Saxon hut. Many detailed plans, sections, photographs and 938 drawn objects of all periods.

Volume 7 - The Roman Villa Site at Orpington, Kent by Brian Philp


Published in 1996 this full excavation report of the 1988 work covers the main villa house of at least 16 rooms, ranging through five periods. These included five rooms with hypocausts, at least three with tessalated floors and two with opus signinum. Established about AD140 the continued to AD400. In the third century the northern half of the villa was demolished to assist in a major rebuild of the southern half. By the tenth century the site formed the small village of Croctune (now Crofton). Many detailed plans, sections, photographs and 188 drawn objects of all periods.

Volume 8 - The Roman Villa Site at Keston, Kent Second Report Excavations 1967 & 1979-99 by Brian Philp et al


Published in 1999 this report completes the full excavation account following Volume 1 published in 1991. It deals with the main villa-house the early farmstead and more of the Iron Age site. A large section deals with the villa cemetery with its major mausolea and adjacent burials. Another section deals with Roman ritual shafts, the largest containing the skeletons of more than 40 animals. Many detailed plans, sections, photographs and 358 drawn objects of all periods.

Volume 9 - The Discovery and Excavation of Anglo-Saxon Dover by Brian Philp


Published in 2003 this report deals with 14 Anglo Saxon structures excavated under the centre of modern Dover and within the walls of the late-Roman shore-fort. These include several sunken-floored buildings, the largest destroyed by fire in the 7th century and still containing over 200 loom weights. Near the centre of the fort was the long lost Saxon church of St Martin, rebuilt in wood four times from the 7th to 10th centuries. Many detailed plans, sections, photographs and 186 drawn objects. More informationon The Discovery and Excavation of anglo-Saxon Dover.

Volume 10 - The Excavation of the Roman Fort at Reculver, Kent by Brian Philp


Published in 2005 this report deals with major excavations from 1959-69 at this coastal site half destroyed by sea erosion. It covers the defensive wall, ditches, two gate houses and rampart bank. Internally it deals with the principia, bath house, barracks and other buildings. Externally it covers a unique corn drying oven and extra-mural wells, pits and approach road. Beneath the fort were the ditches of a mid-first century fortlet relating to the Conquest period. Many detailed plans, sections, photographs and 484 drawn objects of all periods. 

Volume 11 - The Discovery and Excavation of the Roman Shore-Fort at Dover by Brian Philp


Published in April 2012 covers the discovery of 200 metres of the south and west walls of this massive Roman fort, seven of its large bastions, the great defensive ditch, the rampart bank and much of the internal area. 

Volume 12 - Discoveries and Excavations Across Kent, 1970-2014 by Brian Philp


Published in October 2014 this major research report covers discoveries and excavations across twenty sites ranging in date through the Neolithic, Iron Age, Roman, Saxon, Medieval and Post-medieval periods. 

Archaeology in the Front Line: 50 years of Kent Rescue 1952-2002 by Brian Philp


Published in 2002 this report deals with 50 major sites excavated by the author, mainly through the West Kent Group, the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit and the Council for Kentish Archaeology. It covers prehistoric, Roman, Saxon, medieval and later sites, discussing the threats, excavation strategy and the final mostly happy outcomes. This is largely a popular, non-technical book ideal for the interested public and as a birthday or Christmas present. Over 300 illustrations, more than 100 in full colour.

£19.00

KENT SPECIAL SUBJECT SERIES 


Popular illustrated booklets of sites of Kent interest

Number

Title

Author

Price

1.

Buried Dover (a colouring book for children)

Wendy Williams

£2.00

2.

The Dartford Gunpowder Mills

Brian Philp

£2.00

3.

The Archaeology of the Bromley Area

Brian Philp & Pat Crozier

£2.00

4.

The Roman Fort of Reculver

Brian Philp

£2.00

5.

The Roman Villa at Horton Kirby

Brian Philp & Ralph Mills

£3.00

6.

The Roman Settlement at Welling

Brian Philp & Derek Garrod

£3.00

7.

The Iron Age and Roman British Site, Lenham

Brian Philp

£3.00

8.

The Roman Site at Fordcroft, Orpington

Brian Philp & Peter Keller

£4.00

9.

A Roman Site at Springhead (Vagniacae) near Gravesend

Brian Philp & Maurice Chenery

£3.00

10.

Neolithic and Iron Age Sites at Darenth

Brian Philp & Derek Garrod

£6.00

11.

Prehistoric and Roman Sites at Hillside, Gravesend

Brian Philp & Maurice Chenery

£4.00

12.

Prehistoric and Monastic Sites at Minster, Sheppey

Brian Philp & Maurice Chenery

£4.00

13.

The Discovery of Archaeological Sites at Hayes, Kent 1960-1997

Brian Philp

£3.00

14.

The Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Eastry

Brian Philp & Peter Keller

£4.00

15.

The Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Polhill, 1964-86

Brian Philp

£5.00

16.

Lullingstone & Shoreham Roman villas, 1982-6

Brian Philp & Maurice Chenery

£4.00

17.

Farningham: Roman, Saxon and riverside sites

Brian Philp

£5.00

18.

Isle of Grain, Kent: The Discovery of a Major Roman Cemetery in 1981

Brian Philp

£5.00

19.

Woolwich Power Station Site: SE London (formerly Kent) - Iron Age Riverside Fort and Roman Settlement.

Brian Philp

£5.00

KENT EXCAVATION REPORTS

Number

Title

Price £

1.

Roman Bath-House, Kemsing

£3.00

2.

Excavations at the Farningham Roman Villa (The Ornamental Ponds, 1985)

£3.00

3.

Bronze Age Enclosure on the Eastry By-Pass (A256)

£3.00

4.

Eynsford Roman Villa -- Excavation 1990

£3.00


KENT MINOR SITE SERIES


Reports on lesser Kent sites using desk-top publishing


Number

Title

Price £

1.

Sussex Mews, Tunbridge Wells

£2.50

2.

14-18, The Street, Ospringe, near Faversham

£2.50

3.

Gipsy Camp, Murston, near Sittingbourne

£2.50

4.

Bretts Sand-pit, Charing, near Ashford

£3.00

5.

The Bayle, Folkestone, 1989-91

£3.00

6.

Children's Hospital, Sydenham, Lewisham SE26

£3.00

7.

Grench Manor, Gillingham

£3.00

8.

A Roman Site, Station Approach, Orpington

£3.00

9.

Reculver: outside the Roman Fort, 1994-5

£3.00

10.

Cray Valley Sewer Pipeline, near Bexley, 1995

£4.00

11.

Gateway Development Site, Lewisham, 1989

£4.00

12.

Odeon Site, Deptford, Lewisham, 1992

£4.00

13.

Romney Place, Maidstone, 1999 (Phase I)

£3.00

14.

Romney Place, Maidstone, 2000 (Phase II)

£3.00

15.

A prehistoric and Roman site, Blackdale Farm, Darenth

£5.00

16.

Roman Site at Sepham Farm, Shoreham

£3.00

17.

Prehistoric Sites at Dumpton Park, Kent

£3.00

18.

24 High Street, Rochester (LMARG)

£2.00

19.

Upper Shearstead Farm, Chatham (LMARG)

£2.00

20.

Crayford, Kent: An Iron Age and Roman Farmstead site at Perry Street

£4.00

21.

The Norman Fortified Manor-house at Walmer

£5.00

22.

The Iron Age Farmstead at Snodland

£5.00

23.

Funchal, Madeira: rescue - recording, 2011

£5.00

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