Iron Age (c.600BC – AD43)
The Iron Age is characterised by increasing evidence for field systems, the development of defended sites and stronger influences from the Continent,with evidence in the later Iron Age for contact with Belgic tribes in Gaul and increasing contacts with the expanding Roman empire. Caesar described the coastal plain in 54BC, referring to an ‘extremely large’ population, and ground ‘...thickly studded with homesteads...and the cattle very numerous’. A concentration of settlement evidence is known from the Thames side of the Hoo Peninsula.
Source: R.S.P.B/Archaeology South-East