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East Wear Bay archaeological field school


A staff of experienced professional archaeologists will supervise all aspects of the work and be on hand for instruction or discussion. The project team includes the following members:

Field School Director

Keith Parfitt, BA, FSA, MCIfA

Keith decided he wanted to become a professional archaeologist when he was about 10 or 11. Major excavations began in his home town of Dover soon after and he began working on the Market Street site in 1972.

In 1975 he went to university and took a single honours degree in British archaeology at University College, Cardiff. Returning to Kent in 1978 Keith joined the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit, which was still digging in Dover, on a full-time basis. He stayed with the Kent Unit until 1990, working in a supervisory capacity on a variety of excavation projects in Dover and elsewhere across Kent and S.E. London. During this time Keith also spent several years writing-up a Roman villa at Keston, near Bromley. In November, 1990 he joined the Canterbury Archaeological Trust and has served as the Trust’s Field Officer for the Dover District for most of the time since then.

At CAT Keith has directed and managed a number of major projects for the Trust, many in and around Dover. These have included work on the line of the new A20 through the town, which culminated in the discovery of the Bronze Age Boat in 1992; the Buckland Anglo-Saxon cemetery in 1994; the medieval site off Townwall Street in 1996; Minster Roman Villa, 1996-2004; Ringlemere prehistoric ceremonial monument, 2002-2006; and Folkestone Roman villa in 2010-2011. He has been responsible for producing or assisting in the production of major research reports and monographs on the above sites. Working for the Trust has allowed him to develop his particular interest in settlement evolution across the east Kent downlands.

Running parallel with his full-time career, Keith has been involved with the amateur Dover Archaeological Group. Founded in 1971, before there were any professional units working in the county, he has been Director of Excavations for the Group since 1978. Much of his spare time is now devoted to writing-up DAG sites. DAG have published two monographs about their long-running excavations on Mill Hill at Deal and many other papers about a variety of sites are in preparation.

Keith was elected as a Member of the Institute of Field Archaeologists in 1984 (now the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists). He was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in May 2000. He has served on the Kent Archaeological Society Fieldwork Committee since 1992, chairing that committee since 2012.

Project Manager, East Wear Bay archaeological project 

Andrew Richardson, BA (Hons), MPhil, PhD, FSA

Andrew is Outreach & Archives Manager for Canterbury Archaeological Trust, and is overall project manager for the East Wear Bay Archaeological Project. A native of Folkestone, he first took part in excavations on the Roman villa at East Wear Bay as a volunteer with the Kent Archaeological Rescue Unit in 1989. After graduating with a First Class degree in Archaeology from Cardiff University, he undertook a doctoral thesis on the Anglo-Saxon cemeteries of Kent, publishing this in 2005. He was a member of the team that conceived and managed the ‘A Town Unearthed’ project, a Lottery-funded community project which focussed on Folkestone’s early archaeology and history, and which included two seasons of excavation at East Wear Bay in 2010 and 2011. As well as a specialist on metal small finds of all periods, he has considerable experience and a passion for community archaeology and in engaging people with the past.

Andrew is a Trustee of the Dover Bronze Age Boat, and is currently Honorary Curator of the Kent Archaeological Society. He is a member of the Internationales Sachsensymposion and was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 2013. As a Police Support Volunteer he has provided assistance to Kent Police and other police forces in the prevention and detection of heritage related crime.

Education Officer / Senior Archaeologist

Andrew Macintosh, PGCE (Secondary Education), BA (Hons)

Andrew has worked at the Canterbury Archaeological Trust for over ten years. Since 2007 he has been employed as a supervisor of archaeological excavations with an additional duty of assisting with education projects. Andrew has a post graduate certificate in secondary education and has taught in both art and archaeology in primary and secondary schools.

He supervised on the 2011 season excavation at East Wear Bay during ‘A Town Unearthed’, and latterly has supervised on the Lyminge Archaeological Project led by Reading University. As an archaeological site supervisor , Andrew often coordinates a team of site assistants and volunteers to complete small to large scale projects against strict deadlines. In 2010 he volunteered as an archaeological supervisor at an excavation in Bulgaria. This was a joint project involving Nottingham and Cardiff universities. The team consisted of fifty students and local Bulgarian archaeologists. He was one of five supervisors who led the successful organisation and excavation of the first season of the excavation. He tutored degree students in the techniques of archaeological excavation and recording and compiled written and graded assessments on the quality of their work and contributions.

Andrew returned to Bulgaria in 2013 to participate in a week long cultural heritage and training programme (CHAT). The programme encouraged the exchange of ideas and good practice within the heritage industry including the use of archaeological sites, museums and the natural landscape as learning resources.

Finds Processing Supervisor (volunteer)

Catherine (Kate) Holtham-Oakley, BA (Hons), MA

Kate has been the volunteer Finds Processing Supervisor at East Wear Bay since the excavations during ‘A Town Unearthed’ (ATU) in 2010 and 2011.  She is a founder member, and treasurer, of Folkestone Research and Archaeology Group (FRAG) which was formed after the success of the ATU project.

Kate is currently undertaking a PhD in Archaeology at the University of Kent, where she has been studying since 2003.

Kate has also taken part in a number of other excavations in and around Folkestone and Canterbury, in the Darenth Valley and at Culver and Bishopstone in Sussex.

Her main interests are the British Iron Age and finds work.

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