RLHG newsletter

WKDArchaeology and its plans for 2019 in Rusthall

After a successful archaeological evaluation at the spring site on Rusthall Common, we plan a second season, beginning sometime in April. Last year's dig was well supported by both members of the RVA and Friends Of The Commons. However this year we would like to consolidate volunteers into one group, something like Rusthall Archaeology Group (RAG) or suchlike? This would still be an 'informal' group that would look for support from both the RVA and Friends Of The Commons, among others.

I will be giving an illustrated talk at the next open meeting of the Rusthall Village Association on Wednesday 15th May at 7.30 p.m. at the Rusthall club in St. Paulís Street, Rusthall. The talk will cover my interest in, thoughts about and findings in and around Rusthall, and what is needed for an exploratory residential garden dig to follow the one conducted in May 2018. To follow this a day for a garden dig event has been fixed for Saturday 25th May, meeting time and venue still to be confirmed.

As a point of interest the Kent Archaeological Society (Est. 1857) has suggested that WKDArchaeology become an affiliated member of their society. This would certainly raise our profile and give us greater access to possible funding, and , of course, they are great supporters of community based research.

Nigel Stapple - Landscape Investigator, WKDArchaeology

Below are two papers by Nigel Stapple
on areas of particular interest

Moated Mansion
Possible Tumulus

And below are a guide to digging test pits and
a record from last year's Manor Road dig

Digging Guide
2018 Dig