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Little Kit's Coty House Megalithic Tomb.

A Scheduled Monument in Aylesford, Kent

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.3159 / 51°18'57"N

Longitude: 0.5014 / 0°30'5"E

OS Eastings: 574415.960693

OS Northings: 160397.131746

OS Grid: TQ744603

Mapcode National: GBR PQM.FKT

Mapcode Global: VHJM6.M6X1

Entry Name: Little Kit's Coty House Megalithic Tomb.

Scheduled Date: 9 October 1981

Last Amended: 7 September 1990

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1013673

English Heritage Legacy ID: 12771

County: Kent

Civil Parish: Aylesford

Traditional County: Kent

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Kent

Church of England Parish: Aylesford St Peter and St Paul

Church of England Diocese: Rochester

Details

Little Kit's Coty House, also known as The Countless Stones, is
situated near the foot of the North Downs scarp some 600m from the
Kits Coty House Long Barrow. It comprises a group of ca.20 sarsen
boulders in a tight cluster and represents the remains of a burial
chamber which was seriously damaged in 1690 before any reliable
records were made. The stones and an area immediately around them are
in the Guardianship of English Heritage.
The understanding of the monument relies heavily on the
reconstructions made by Stukeley in 1722 based on information from a
correspondent who remembered the monument before its alteration. The
reconstructions suggest a monument somewhat similar in its original
form to that at Coldrum, 10km to the west, with a burial chamber in
which skeletons may have been deposited, an earthen mound partially or
completely covering the chamber and a revetting wall of smaller sarsen
stones surrounding the mound. The size of the surrounding revetting
wall, or peristalith, may have been reduced to facilitate cultivation,
perhaps as early as during the Iron Age.
Evidence from a recent evaluation suggests that the monument did not
occupy one end of an elongated mound in the manner exemplified at
Kit's Coty House, and that no flanking ditches accompanied this
monument.
The railings which delineate the Guardianship area and the information
board are both excluded from the scheduling of this monument.

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Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

Long barrows were constructed as earthen or drystone mounds with flanking
ditches and acted as funerary monuments during the Early and Middle Neolithic
periods (3400-2400 BC). They represent the burial places of Britain's early
farming communities and, as such, are amongst the oldest field monuments
surviving visibly in the present landscape. Where investigated, long barrows
appear to have been used for communal burial, often with only parts of the
human remains having been selected for interment. Certain sites provide
evidence for several phases of funerary monument preceding the barrow and,
consequently, it is probable that long barrows acted as important ritual sites
for local communities over a considerable period of time. Some 500 long
barrows are recorded in England. As one of the few types of Neolithic
structure to survive as earthworks, and due to their comparative rarity, their
considerable age and their longevity as a monument type, all long barrows are
considered to be nationally important.

The atypical example of Little Kit's Coty House represents an unusual
variant of this class of monument but nevertheless forms part of the
group of Neolithic burial monuments known as the Medway Megaliths.
Being held in Guardianship, the monument is of high amenity value.

Source: Historic England

Sources

Books and journals
Stukeley, W , Itinerarium Curiosum, (1766)
Other
Darvill, T, MPP Single Monument Class Descriptions - Long Barrows, (1988)
Hey, G and Lambrick, G, Report of evaluation around Little Kit's Coty House, 1989, Unpublished, copy on file

Source: Historic England

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