Star Lane

A small Palaeolithic  handaxe was discovered at Star Lane, but surprisingly little material from this period has been found in Thanet.
 
A decorated pottery vessel, buried upright in a circular pit was probably part of a Middle-Late Bronze Age funeral rite, although no bones were found.  The charcoal from the pit was analysed, and the hawthorn, apple and pear represented are strongly suggestive of the wood from a funeral pyre. Similar finds have been uncovered in other locations; they may be cenotaphs - memorials where the body was not available for cremation.
 
 Medieval features were found in most of the areas along the pipeline, the majority drainage ditchs and field boundaries. A particularly interesting discovery at Star Lane was the remains of what may have been a medieval bakery. It was close to the edge of the enclosure, and measured about 3.5m x 3m. Within the shallow, rectangular pit which formed the perimeter of the building were a large and a small oven. The larger oven was a circular clay structure, and would probably have had a domed roof. It was built upon a layer of flint cobbles and shells. The smaller oven lay less than 0.5m from the large one and was of simpler construction. Grains of barley, with a few of rye and wheat were found in the bakery. Since cereal would have been ground into flour before arriving at the bakery, these grains are a bit of a mystery. They may have been thrown into the oven to test the temperature or else used to prevent loaves from sticking while they were cooking.