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East Wear Bay archaeological field school


  • Trowels can either be hired (£10 deposit, refundable on safe return of the trowel) or purchased (£11.00).  Cash only please.
  • Please make sure your tetanus injection is up-to-date and that you have any necessary medication with you.
  • There are free car-parking spaces available on site for those taking part in the project.
  • You are advised to bring:
    • Waterproofs
    • sweaters (it can get cold, especially at night!)
    • a torch if camping
    • work boots or stout footwear. We reserve the right to refuse access to the site if inappropriate footwear (e.g. flip-flops, canvas shoes, heels) are worn
    • sun-tan lotion
    • a hat
    • a water bottle
    • gardening-type gloves
    • a kneeling pad (if you have sensitive knees).
  • If camping check with your campsite for detailed advice on what camping equipment and supplies to bring, but we would recommend the following:
    • Sleeping bag
    • Pillow
    • Air mattress
    • Tent (if not provided by the camp site- Little Switzerland does not provide tents)
  • Emergency messages can be relayed via Canterbury Archaeological Trust on (+44) 01227 462062 (Monday to Friday during working hours). Alternatively we can be contacted 24 hours a day via the site mobile (number sent out with the joining instructions).
  • If you would like mail sent, the address to use is:
    East Wear Bay Archaeological Project
    Canterbury Archaeological Trust
    92a Broad Street
 CT1 2LU
  • If you have any problems, please contact Andrew Richardson or Annie Partridge on 01227 825276 or by email (;

PLEASE NOTE As an outdoor project, we are at the mercy of the British weather. If it rains hard and continuously, work on site has to cease for health and safety reasons. We will try to arrange alternative activities wherever possible, but if rain continues, we may have to cancel work for the day. Unfortunately, if bad weather continues and disrupts your time on site, we cannot offer refunds. For those undertaking the one day experience, we will keep a close eye on the weather and attempt to re-arrange your booked day if the weather makes work on site impossible.

Old postcard of the Roman villa

1920′s postcard of the Roman villa, looking South

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