Little Kit's Coty House

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The Countless Stones
The stones of Little Kit's Coty House

Little Kit's Coty House, also know as The Countless Stones, is the site of a Neolithic chambered long barrow on Blue Bell Hill near Aylesford in Kent. The site is one of the Medway megaliths. Their name comes from an old wives' tale that every time you count the stones, the result will be different.

Now a jumble of half-buried sarsen stones, the site is thought to have been a tomb similar to that of the Coldrum Stones. The name 'Countless Stones' is derived from the belief that the chaotic pile of stones from the collapsed tomb were uncountable and various stories are told about the fate of those who tried. Another nearby site that may have been Neolithic is at Cossington.

There are between 19 and 21 stones depending on the authority. They were pushed over in the seventeenth century seemingly before any antiquarian interest was taken in them. William Stukeley attempted to reconstruct the damaged tomb in plan in the eighteenth century.

The site as drawn by Stukeley in 1722

Archaeological evaluation trenching in 1989 found no clear evidence of any surrounding quarry ditch which would normally have been excavated to provide material for a covering barrow. Iron Age activity was found close by.

The better preserved Kit's Coty House stands around 500 yards to the north.

In 1893, the antiquarian George Payne mentioned the monument in his Collectanea Cantiana, describing it as a "fallen cromlech" and noting that there were various other megaliths scattered in the vicinity, suggesting that these were part of the monument of another like it, since destroyed.[1]

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