As part of a program of archaeological investigations along the route of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Union Railways Limited (URL) commissioned the Museum of London Archaeology Service (MoLAS) to undertake an evaluation comprising thirteen trial trenches situated in 2.7 ha. of land between the villages of Sevington and Mersham, 3.7km south-east of the centre of Ashford, Kent. The area of investigation was bounded by the London to Folkestone main railway line to the south and by farmland to the west, north and east. Archaeological features were located in 8 of the 13 trenches. Curvilinear ditches and slots were concentrated towards the eastern end of the evaluation area and may represent two prehistoric enclosures. Linear ditches were spread more evenly across the site and may indicate the survival of one or more field systems. Pottery was recorded in seven of the twenty cut features. One largely complete bucket urn may be related to the Deverel Rimbury tradition of the mid 2nd millennium BC. Other sherds may be early 1st millennium BC in date. Occupation therefore appears to cover the Middle and Late Bronze Ages.
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