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H 290 x W 205 mm

276 pages

132 figures, 22 tables (colour throughout)

Published Nov 2021

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789695878

Digital: 9781789695885

DOI 10.32028/9781789695878

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Roman Britain; Roman Villa; Anglo-Saxon; Cemetery; Place-names; Kent

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The Romano-British Villa and Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Eccles, Kent

A Summary of the Excavations by Alex Detsicas with a Consideration of the Archaeological, Historical and Linguistic Context

By Nick Stoodley, Stephen R. Cosh

Contributions by Jillian Hawkins, Courtnay Konshuh

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This volume presents a study of the central and lower Medway valley during the 1st millennium AD, focussing on the 1962–1976 excavation of the Eccles Roman villa and Anglo-Saxon cemetery directed by Alex Detsicas. The author gives an account of the long history of the villa, and a reassessment of the architectural evidence which Detsicas presented.



Chapter 1 Introduction – Nick Stoodley ;
Chapter 2 The Late Iron Age – Nick Stoodley ;
Chapter 3 The Roman Period – Stephen R. Cosh ;
Chapter 4 The Anglo-Saxon Cemetery – Nick Stoodley ;
Chapter 5 The Anglo-Saxon Building and Associated Non-Cemetery Features – Nick Stoodley ;
Chapter 6 Place-names in the area around Eccles and their contribution to understanding the history of the area – Jillian Hawkins ;
Chapter 7 Documentay Evidence for the Medway Valley – Courtnay Konshuh ;
Chapter 8: General Discussion and Conclusion – Nick Stoodley with contributions by Steve Cosh, Jillian Hawkins and Courtnay Konshuh ;
Appendix 1. Trauma case studies (Griffiths 2007) ;
Appendix 2. Estates in Larkfield Hundred in Domesday Book ;

About the Author

Nick Stoodley was awarded his PhD from the University of Reading and is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Winchester. His research interests concern the archaeology of early Anglo-Saxon England, with a particular interest in the region of Wessex. He has published monographs on Anglo-Saxon cemeteries and contributed papers on aspects of the period’s mortuary ritual to edited volumes. He is the lead archaeologist for the community-based Meon Valley Archaeology and Heritage Group, which is currently investigating settlement patterns in this Hampshire valley. ;

Stephen R. Cosh is an archaeological writer and illustrator specialising on the Roman period. He is the co-author of the four-volume corpus of Romano-British mosaics and has written numerous articles and specialist reports. He was awarded the degree of D Litt from the University of Reading in 2006.


‘This is not a book for the general reader, but it has much to offer any classicist or archaeologist with an interest in Roman Britain. Kent was a particularly significant part of the province. It was the main port of entry from the continent, the site of the famous triumphal arch signifying the conquest of Britannia, the first section of Watling Street and the main base (on this side of the channel) of the Classis Britannica, Rome’s British fleet. Hence the particular significance of the villa at Eccles. The book also has much to offer medieval historians. It is packed with hard data about the Anglo-Saxon finds, and sets these in their historical context.’ – Rupert Jackson (2022): Classics for All