Weatherlees Waste Water Treatment Works

Dog skeleton within a pitDog skeleton within a pitA number of features were recorded in this area including pits, postholes, two inhumation burials, midden deposits (rubbish pits) and ditches. The ditches dated to the prehistoric (4000 BC-AD 43), the Romano-British (AD 43-410) and medieval ( 1066-1499) periods respectively. The pits and postholes too ranged in date from the prehistoric to the medieval period. The midden deposits were both Bronze Age in date. One of the Romano-British pits contained the complete skeleton of a dog. The two graves were cut into the top of a Romano-British ditch.
 
Objects from Bronze Age hoardsObjects from Bronze Age hoardsThere were no grave goods to help date them, but they are probably from the Romano-British period. They appear to have been deliberately placed here, but why remains uncertain.
 
Previous archaeological evaluations by Wessex Archaeology in 2004 revealed a most spectacular find in this area; two Late Bronze Age (1100 - 700 BC) hoards of metal work. The main objects from the first hoard were 3 bronze socketed axes. The second hoard was larger than the first and contained 3 complete and 2 incomplete bronze socketed axes, a bronze chisel, a bronze gouge, 2 fragments of socketed spearheads and 9 ingots or bars of bronze. Both hoards were dated more precisely to the 8th century BC. A number of hoards have been found on Thanet, but the Ebbsfleet area stands out with five hoards found to date, emphasising the importance of the Ebsfleet peninsula. The number of ingots is evidence of an efficient industry that was producing weapons and tools, as well as recycling scrap metal.

Objects from the two Bronze Age hoards

Objects from the two Bronze Age hoardsObjects from the two Bronze Age hoards