Archaeology

 Roman coins


One of a quantity of Roman coins found among the debris from the excavations when the Carlton Club, in the Market Square, was built in 1882.
This debris was dumped opposite Granville Gardens.
Coin is thought to be as follows: Constantius II (337-361 AD)

 Roman coins



The reverse shows two soldiers to either side of a legionary standard.
Measures 15mm at widest point across coin


 Dover Archaeological Group 1971


Dover Archaeological Group
( colour slide taken by Bob Hollingsbee)
 Dover Archaeological Group 1971


Dover Archaeological Group
( colour slide taken by Bob Hollingsbee)

Discovery on the Western Heights:
"A few days since, the workmen on the Western Heights of Dover came to the foundation of a very ancient fort, supposed to have been built about the same time as the castle was. Captain Ford of the Royal Engineers who has the conducting of the works, has given orders for the whole of the lines to be traced, to ascertain its extent. It is so situated as to command the whole of the roads of Dover, and will make a fine situation for a mortar battery."
(Kentish Gazette 1807 21st Aug back page)
and
"The ruins discovered by the workmen on Dover Heights seven days back and which discovery was mentioned in our paper of Friday last, is generally thought to be the remains of some chapel built many years since. It certainly cannot have been fortification, as it is not sufficiently extensive for that purpose. The men have been busily employed since clearing away the rubbish, and in digging yesterday they discovered several human bones, some pieces of painted glass, and a very ancient spur. The circumstance of the glass and bones being found strengthens the opinion of its having been some place of devotion. Some of the stones which have been taken up are very curiously carved and the foundation of the same materials filled with small stones about double the size of the modern brick."
(Kentish Gazette 25 Aug 1807 back page col.4)

DOVER, PRIORY ESTATE: Bones and ancient pottery found where excavations are being made for building purposes – site is immediately in the rear of ruins of the ancient Priory of St Martin
(Dover Standard, Sat Mar 25 1882)

CASTLE: “Antiquarian discoveries at the Castle”
(Dover Express 5.3.1915 p.5 col.5)

 Dover Archaeological Group 1971


Ancient walls and foundations uncovered in Snargate Street in 1930s excavations.
Information welcomed.