Archaeology

The Bronze Age Mount

The Bronze Age Mount

Their memory lives on.

There is clear evidence of a Bronze Age bowl-barrow, now obscured by vegetation, high on Otford Mount. This 7 metre diameter chalk barrow, now much eroded, was likely created by our earliest ancestors between 2,500-1,000BC during the central Bronze Age. In 1970, a cinerary urn (made for holding people’s ashes) was discovered, a metre underground, further down the Mount, behind a home in Greenhill Road. The British Museum identified the urn as being made c1,400-1000BC.

In 2020 through the wonders of a Lidar scan instigated by the Darent Valley Landscape Partnership, an entire Iron Age hill fort was revealed on Otford Mount. Great earthworks surrounded the summit, and further excavations will be undertaken. Lidar also revealed the circular form of Otford’s Bronze Age Bowl Barrow positioned within the later hill fort.

 

The Bronze Age Mount

Their memory lives on

The Bronze Age Mount

Iron-Age Hill Fort

A great hill-fort overlooking the valley

Iron-Age Hill Fort

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The Romano British Cemetery

The Roman way of death

The Romano British Cemetery

Progress Villa

Unearthing a Roman farm

Progress Villa

The Pottery Field

Discvery of local industry

The Pottery Field

The Palace & Becket's Well

A palace and a holy well

The Palace & Becket's Well

Church Field Villa

One of the earliest British centres of Christian worship

Church Field Villa

The Bronze Age Mount

Their memory lives on

The Bronze Age Mount

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The Romano British Cemetery

The Roman way of death

The Romano British Cemetry

Progress Villa

Unearthing a Roman farm

Progress Villa

Pottery Field

Discvery of local industry

Pottery Field

The Palace & Becket's Well

A palace and a holy well

The Palace & Becket's Well

Church Field Villa

One of the earliest British centres of Christian worship

Church Field Villa