Springhead

Springhead – an archaeologist’s dream

Update January 2012: The four-volume publication "Settling the Ebbsfleet Valley" is now available to buy.

372 The Springhead temple at night

Springhead in Kent was Wessex Archaeology’s longest-running and most prolific excavation. Around 30 archaeologists spent more than two years working at the site, finding more than 150,000 objects, ranging from axe heads dating to 300,000BC to a small hoard of Medieval silver pennies. The site was described as ‘an archaeologist’s dream’.
 
Mid to late first century local grey ware bead rim jar, found at Springhead. This was probably made for domestic use.Mid to late first century local grey ware bead rim jar, found at Springhead. This was probably made for domestic use. Wessex Archaeology had the chance to carry out this work in 2000-2003 because Springhead was on the route of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and all important archaeological remains had to be excavated before construction work began.
 
Although the team found evidence of human activity going back to the Stone Age, it was during Iron Age and Roman times, from around 100BC to AD300, that Springhead was of particular significance as a religious centre with a nationally important complex of temples.
 
These pages tell the story of our work at Springhead.