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Summer outings

June 17th, 2019

strawberry bunting
It’s June! The sun is out (today at least), the strawberries are ripening and it’s time for garden parties, fetes and pageants.  Here are three local events where you can catch up with the Trust, handle some finds or have a Litte Dig.

First up is Charing Village Fete and Flower Show on Saturday 22nd June at Clewards Meadow, from 12.00 noon. Annie Partridge will be attending with Charing Palace Project with activities for children, including the Little Dig, and a selection of finds from our archive.

Next will be Canterbury’s ‘Medieval Pageant’ on 6th July. The pageant commemorates Henry II’s pilgrimage to Canterbury in 1174. It’s a colourful event with historical characters, local schools, community and re-enactment groups, giants, music and medieval mayhem all part of the day. In the past we have been outdoors at the castle, but this year we will be inside at St Paul’s Church, sharing the space with students and helpers from Canterbury Christ Church University.  To download your Medieval Pageant and Trail Booklet click here.

Take an evening stroll out to Chartham on Sunday 21st July and investigate ‘My place in time … Roman Canterbury’. St Mary’s Church will be open from 6pm where local Roman finds will be on display. There will be activities for children and at 7pm Jake Weekes will talk about the Roman town. Tickets for the event are £5 on the door, including wine. Children free and all proceeds will go to St Mary’s Church and Canterbury Archaeological Trust.

Do come and say hello!

It’s out

April 24th, 2019

Chalk Hill publication
This book considers the discoveries at Chalk Hill in terms of ‘landscapes’ and looks beyond the edges of the excavation area to try to understand the site in terms of its surroundings, from the perspective of topography and environment as well as the perception of the people who experienced and modified this chalky hillside over the millennia.

The excavations (undertaken in December 1997 and January 1998 as part of a new road scheme) were primarily aimed at investigating the remains of a possible early Neolithic causewayed enclosure visible on aerial photographs. However, the monument could not in fact be categorised as a causewayed enclosure, but instead represented a type of early Neolithic ritual monument unique to the British Isles.

The site description for each landscape is followed by a series of pertinent specialist reports focussing on a range of artefacts and ecofacts of different classes: flint, stone, pottery registered finds, human bone, animal bone, palaeoenvironmental samples, charred plant remains, shellfish and coprolites.

Available from Sidestone Press

NEW COURSE, new date: Exploring the Medieval and Early Tudor Cinque Ports

February 25th, 2019

Cinque Ports ship on Dover Seal
In a change to the previously published programme this new course will now take place on Saturday, 6 April.

Drawing on work previously undertaken by the Trust and documentary sources, this one-day course, delivered by Dr Sheila Sweetinburgh, will provide students with the opportunity to explore the development of the Kentish Cinque Ports from the Norman Conquest to the Reformation, with a special emphasis on the later Middle Ages. Through a combination of lectures and workshops, students will learn about the Ports, their citizens and communities of ward and parish, as well as having the opportunity to work with a range of primary sources.

Click here for more details and booking.

Frank Jenkins Memorial Lecture

February 14th, 2019

Slatters 2018
The Director’s annual round up of all the Trust’s activities during the past year takes place on Saturday, 23rd February. Often a bit of a marathon, the lecture begins at 6pm in the Michael Berry lecture theatre at the Old Sessions House in Longport. As always, a donation towards the work of the Trust is appreciated: FCAT £2.00, Guests £3.00.

This is a joint event with the Canterbury History and Archaeology Society.

A Heritage Strategy for Canterbury District: have your say

January 21st, 2019

Westgate Gardens
Public consultation on Canterbury City Council’s new draft Heritage Strategy for the district has begun. This from the council’s Newsroom:

From the Cathedral city to the rural parishes and coastal towns, the Canterbury district boasts outstanding heritage. It is everywhere, playing an essential role in delivering economic prosperity, improving quality of life and building the district’s character.

The draft strategy, which covers the next 15 years, sets out the council’s commitment to protecting, promoting and capitalising on this unique heritage resource, supplemented by an annual action plan.

Following the consultation period, the strategy will be amended where necessary and presented to councillors for adoption.

Vice-Chairman of the council’s Regeneration and Property Committee, Cllr Robert Thomas, said: “Our heritage is so special, and it’s vital we nourish and protect it for future generations. As the strategy sets out, by working together on a shared basis, we can realise its potential.

“This is an important consultation and we’re very keen to get a wide range of views that will help us to get this right.”

View the consultation and have your say here.

Complete the questionnaire by Friday 22 February 2019.

Archaeology & Classics Lectures at the University of Kent

January 21st, 2019

University of Kent: Classics and Archaeology

23/01 Archaeological Fieldwork Evening. Come and hear about archaeology fieldwork at Kent.  Dreams of summer. Dig reports with a free drink. The first event of term.

(17:00-19:00) Grimond Lecture Theatre 2

06/02 Professor Edith Hall (KCL) Why are Women Novelists Rewriting Homer Today?
(17:00-18:00) Grimond Lecture Theatre 2

20/02 Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill (Cambridge) The Changing Face of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
(17:00-18:00) Grimond Lecture Theatre 2

13/03 Professor David Mattingly (Leicester) Beyond the Roman Frontier: The Wadi Draa Project.
(17:30-18:30) Grimond Lecture Theatre 1 (The Peter Sadler Archaeology Lecture).

20/03 Professor Peter Heather (KCL) Why did the Western Empire Unravel?
(17:00-18:00) Grimond Lecture Theatre 2

03/04 University of Kent Classics Day … with Greek Play.
(13.00-21.30) Templeman Library Lecture Theatre / Gulbenkian Theatre

Kent Classics Day 3rd April 2019
Student PhD Work / Staff Lectures / Greek Play (Lysistrata)

(13.00 -15.30) Work in Progress: PhD Research in Classics & Archaeology
Giulia Frigerio, A Cognitive Approach to Divination Procedures at the Oracle of Delphi.
Felicia Fricke; Enslavement in Curacao: Osteological, Archaeological, and Oral Historical Perspectives.
Phil Smither, Reassessing Richborough: New Interpretation of Old Excavation (1922-1938).
Sophie Chavarria, Memoria and Women in Mid-Republican Rome.
Karl Goodwin, Regaining the Displaced: Narratives in Roman Displays.

(16.00-18.00) Classics Research Lectures
Dr Matthijs Wibier, Roman Law and the Question of Legal Pluralism in Late Antique Papyri.
Dr Laura Nissin, Making Sense(s) of Roman Neighbourhoods.
Dr Jo Stoner, Private Letters as Personal Possessions in Roman Egypt.
Dr Rosie Wyles, Greek Comedy in Context.

(18:00-19:00) Reception
(19.30-21.30) Greek Play Aristophanes Lysistrata

Lectures and Reception: Templeman Library Lecture Theatre / Play: Gulbenkian Theatre

All lectures will be held on the University of Kent Campus, Canterbury.

Lectures: Entrance Free. All Welcome. Greek Play: Tickets available via the Gulbenkian website soon

Roman Lympne

January 7th, 2019

Studfall Castle
Dr Steven Willis from the University of Kent is the next guest speaker in the Friends’ lecture series. He is going to talk on ‘Roman Lympne: context, new research and questions’.

Short lived, fragmented, robbed, descending a now undulating slope and on private land, the late Roman shore fort at Lympne is not easily visited nor are its remains readily comprehensible. Yet this remains an intriguing site. Often named ‘Stutfall Castle’ it has attracted the attention and research interest of some of the leading figures of their day in archaeology. We now have a clearer idea of the date and purpose of the fort but important questions as to the wider context and the broader chronology of the site remain. New discoveries and study have revealed significant details as to its character and ways of viewing it in the twenty-first century.

Thursday 31 January, 7 pm, Newton NG07, at Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road campus.

See more about the Friends, how to join and their current programme of events here.

Finding Eanswythe

October 16th, 2018

Our community team was in Folkestone last week, at an excavation which unearthed part of an ancient watercourse, supposed to run uphill and once believed to have been the result of a miracle by Eanswythe. The excavation was part of the ‘Finding Eanswythe’  project run by Drs Lesley Hardy and Ellie Williams of Canterbury Christ Church University.

Follow the link to learn about the ‘Miracle’ unearthed in Folkestone!

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