Prepare to be shocked at latest secrets unearthed at Hythe triangle archaeological dig

Contributed by editor on Jun 20, 2017 - 06:16 PM


By Ray Duff

The second dig at Hythe triangle has revealed more secrets.


Throughout the scorching hot weekend of 17-18 June a second archaeology dig by Folkestone Research and Archaeology Group (FRAG), assisted by the Hythe History Society and the Triangle Community Garden group took place and found further evidence of its recent past history.

Left: Some of the objects from trench 4. Right: Some of the small early 20thC finds from trench 5  Photos: Ray Duff

The 'Triangle was recently saved from development by the local community and it is now a Grade 2 listed structure awaiting being turned into a Community Garden. Originally an animal pound (number 3), and sited next to a windmill, it was later used for a number of reasons, including a look out point in WW2 and dumping of much debris from nearby buildings and factories.

Top: The smaller trench showing compacted rock and brick etc  Below: Some of the artifacts from the small trench  Photos: Ray Duff

Following the original excavations in April 2017, this time two trenches were opened, both of which featured artifacts from the early to mid 20th Century.

The large trench is carefully excavated  Photo: Ray Duff

In the larger trench near the southern end of the Triangle, much discarded brick and stonework; from nearby houses etc most likely when they were renovated; were found in the upper layers and intriguingly a metal object which is thought to be one of the bases of a 'mangle'.

Top: Our 'mystery' object in situ. Below: The metal object in full which may be a 1941 made mangle base Photos: Ray Duff

Mangles were used up until the early 1970s in homes and some factories to squeeze water from just washed clothes and other items. If this is what it is or indeed whatever it was part of, the item is part of social history and indeed all the artifacts are part of what is known as 'Industrial Archaeology' which covers basically the last 200 years of human activity.

Mixed in with this was much plain glass and glass bead items, some pottery, metal objects and roof slate.

In the smaller trench, again much brick and stone but this time far more compacted than in the larger trench. This trench also had more glass, metal, slate and this time marble along with some painted plaster.

NB: In the photographs readers may note the labels in the artifact trays. As with all archaeological digs these indicate which trench and the layer items were found.

HT5/17 (3): indicates 'Hythe Triangle 2017'- Trench 5 (layer or context 3). (NB:Trenches one to three were dug in April 2017)

Finally, as many more fascinating finds are likely in this area it is likely a third weekend of excavation will take place in September and there will be close examination when the project turn the Triangle into a Community Garden begins.

Folkestone Research & Archaeology Group

Hythe History Soc

Hythe Triangle Community Garden:

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The next archaeology excavations in the district are the re-opening, for a third season, of the East Wear Bay Archaeology Field School at the Iron Age site beside part of Wear Bay Road on East Cliff, Folkestone. It runs daily from Monday 10 July to 05 September 10am-4pm. (Visitors welcome to view)
TThe project is run by the Canterbury Archaeology Trust, with FRAG and the Dover Archaeology Group in assistance, alongside students.

There will also be an official 'Open Day' on Saturday 29 July, again from 10am to 4pm as part of the Council for British Archaeology's nationwide Festival events programme.

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