|Neolithic 4200 - 2000 BC|
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Possible Henge monuments of Thanet
Causewayed monuments of Thanet
monuments of Thanet
Excavations at Lord of the Manor II A, B-C and D
This Display provides information on Thanet monuments which may have been or had their origins as Late Neolithic Henges. Some are more likely candidates than others, but all the possible examples (to the best of current knowledge) have been included. Ongoing research will add to and revise this information so please keep checking back.
|The Rollright Stones, Oxfordshire|
The Rollright Stones, Oxfordshire
No Thanet sites have yet provided evidence for the existence of a timber or stone circle within one of our potential Henges. There is a persistent 'local rumour' of a stone circle having been located in the Manston area, though I do not know at present where this story originates. It would have to have survived into relatively recent historical times to have become part of local folklore and overall the existence of this particular monument seems unlikely at present (I hope to be proved wrong).
At least the alleged site is located in an area which is relatively close to the only native source of stone on Thanet. Sandstone 'Doggers' (boulders) can be found in deposits which are exposed in the cliff of Pegwell Bay and may also exist in pockets along the southern coast of the Isle (at least as far as Minster perhaps).
Click here if you would like to link to the Display on the unexcavated monuments.
The bibliography and acknowledgments relating to this Display can be found below.
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If you would like to explore these and the other of the Causewayed ring-ditch and roundbarrow monuments excavated on Thanet further, please have a look at their Display which is linked to the Display on the ring-ditches and roundbarrows of Thanet which can be found in the Roundbarrow Display in the Bronze Age Gallery (phew), or click here!
Boast E.J., Gardner O.W. and Moody G.A. 2006. Excavations at St. Stephen's College, North Foreland, Broadstairs, Kent. Issue 1. Trust for Thanet Archaeology report.
Fisk P.M. 2003. An examination of the excavated ring ditch enclosures on The Isle of Thanet. Unpublished Degree thesis.
Hart D. 2006. Excavations at Bradstow School, Broadstairs. Kent Archaeological Society Newsletter no. 69, 14-15.
Macpherson Grant N. 1977. Excavation of a Neolithic/Bronze Age Site
at Lord of the Manor, Haine Road, Ramsgate. Isle of Thanet
Archaeological Unit, Publication No. 1.
Mynot E. 1975. Kent Archaeological Review no.39, 254.
Perkins D.R.J. 1980. Site 3. Lord of the Manor (Ozengell) Ramsgate. Interim Excavation Reports 1977-1980, 13-17. The Isle of Thanet Archaeological Unit.
I should very much like to acknowledge the work of Nigel Macpherson Grant and Dr. David Perkins who excavated the fascinating series of ring-ditch monuments at Lord of the Manor in Ramsgate.
Much thanks goes to Pip Fisk for her work on compiling the best, most thorough and as comprehensive a gazetteer of information on Thanet's excavated roundbarrows and ring-ditches as both the published and unpublished material allows. An invaluable time-saver!
I should also like to express my great appreciation to Mr. John Villette for the information he has given about the likely Causewayed ring-ditch monument discovered during unfinanced Rescue Excavations at Mill Lane, Margate in 1975.
Many Thanks also go to Diccon Hart of Archaeology South East for allowing me to make a brief, preliminary record of the Causewayed monument discovered at Bradstow School (the details of which are presented here). I hope he won't begrudge me a little theorising on the possibilites too!
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