Thanks to extensive radiocarbon and strontium/oxygen isotope analysis, a broad geographic and temporal range has been demonstrated. The location – overlooking Pegwell Bay − formed a ritual hub for peoples from northern and southern Europe, inter-acting and maintaining links with the local population across centuries from the Late Bronze Age (9− 11th century) to the Middle Iron Age (3rd−4th century).

A further highlight of the site’s significance is illustrated by the fact that the number of Late Bronze Age individuals identified represents one-third of the total for the period known from Kent – another major difference being that most others of this date were cremated.

But why here? Situated on a geographically significant sea-board boundary, projecting into the Channel, did Cliffs End represent a ‘triangulation point’ between this and distant but similarly located coastal communities with which it shared economic interests in which the roles of ritual and ‘politics’ remained firmly intertwined?

If you are interested in hearing more about Cliffs End and other sites in Kent why not come to the Celebrating Prehistoric Kent conference on 12 September at Greenwich University Medway Campus.

Conference now Free

The conference Celebrating Prehistoric Kent organised by Wessex Archaeology on 12th September 2015 will now be free!With our commitment to the archaeology of the region Wessex Archaeology have decided to sponsor the whole event. That means you can attend the whole day conference FOR FREE. Come along and see some excellent speakers talk about some amazing sites you can also see displays of artefacts form the county.

If you have thought you might be interested but weren’t sure, this is the ideal opportunity.

To find out more about the event and see the full programme follow this link.

Although entry may be possible on the day, please reserve a space by contacting Brenda Kelly

Those who have already paid will receive a full refund!
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By Jacqueline McKinley, Senior Osteoarchaeologist

Source: Wessex Archaeology