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East Wear Bay: first field school closes

August 26th, 2015

The first season of the training school at East Wear Bay came to a close last week and so much was found that the team can hardly wait to get back up on the cliffs for the second season next year!

As well as a late Iron Age and Roman quern manufacturing area, students excavated a late Iron Age round-house and an enigmatic stone slab structure which appeared to be associated within it. Several large ditches were also recorded, some of which appeared to pre-date the quern manufacturing area.  Amongst the finds were coins and brooches, of Iron Age and Roman date, and a mysterious iron object which remains to be identified.

Initial plans were to open a new area for the second season, but with so much tantalising archaeology left for students to reveal in this first area, it will probably be extended and remain the focus of activities next year.

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Archaeology watch: Dover

August 11th, 2015

You can now follow the progress of the excavation at Woolcomber Street from a viewing platform. Do drop by and take a peek.



East Wear Bay Field School

August 4th, 2015

The field school at East Wear Bay is now entering its third week and is going great guns. By the end of the first week a mass of Iron Age and Roman features had already come to light including an actual quern production area – a great find. A compact layer of chippings and dust from manufacture was uncovered, along with discarded querns in various stages of production, as you can in the photographs.

Take a look at the photos to see what else the students have been up to. Or take a trip to Folkestone for the day and see for yourself! The site is on East Wear Bay Road (CT19 9PR).

OPEN DAY: SUNDAY 9TH AUGUST! 
Clifftop locationBetween the towersCleaning around the quernstones
Andy Macintosh supervisesShade for photographsSurveying
Investigating a featureMetal detectorist checks the spoil heapField school at work
Visitors watch progressSite panorama



Weird Wildlife & Haunting Histories

August 3rd, 2015

Come to this family event and find out about discoveries at The Meads, Sittingbourne …
and much more. Saturday 15th August, 10 am – 4 pm at The Meads Community Woodland.
Weird Wildlife & Haunting Histories



Booking opens for Medieval Canterbury Weekend 1st – 3rd April 2016

July 23rd, 2015

Full details of the Medieval Canterbury Weekend are now available on the Canterbury Christ Church University website

http://www.canterbury.ac.uk/medieval-canterbury

Tickets: £10.00 per event, FCAT members £8.00 per event
Medieval Canterbury



Dover Bronze Age boat joins the fleet at Boulogne’s Fête de la Mer, 10th – 15th July

July 22nd, 2015

“Formidable”, “Fantastique”, “Incroyable”, were typical responses among the hundreds, if not thousands, of visitors who enjoyed seeing and hearing about the reconstruction of the Dover Bronze Age boat at this popular marine festival held at Boulogne. The festival’s full programme of activities associated with marine culture stretched around the Quai Gambetta and Napoleon dock keeping the many local Boulonnais and tourists entertained. Fête de la Mer is a biannual event attracting typically hundreds of thousands of visitors over its five days with live music, demonstrations and displays, sea trips and opportunities to try all manner of sea foods.
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On this occasion, at the seventh Fête de la Mer to be staged, our role was to talk to the many visitors about the discovery of the Dover Bronze Age boat, the building and voyages of the experimental reconstruction and the associated project, Boat 1550 BC. The boat attracted huge interest with people genuinely in awe of the diverse skills of our Bronze Age ancestors – and of those who built the replica! We did a fine job of engaging the French, Swiss, Dutch and Belgian visitors and the two non-native French speakers in our small team had loads of opportunity to practice spoken French during the 10 hour days. Peter and Marion are now fluent in talking about willow withies and beeswax – pas de problème!
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This was the first time the replica boat had been back to Boulogne since it was the centrepiece of the exhibition ‘Beyond the Horizon’ in the Chateau-Musée back in 2012. It was a great pleasure to meet up once again with our colleagues Angélique, Séverine, Dominique and Laurent with whom we had worked so hard on staging the exhibition. They were thrilled to have the boat back for a few days, now a battered and worn working boat quite different to the pristine exhibit that was on show in the museum! It was most heart-warming to see that the spirit of camaraderie and international co-operation is still alive and well even after the end of the BOAT 1550 BC project!
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The Fête was organised by the Town of Boulogne-sur-Mer, the Conseil Régional de Nord-Pas-de-Calais and the Conseil Général de Pas-de-Calais.



Between Land and Sea

July 20th, 2015

We have been sent the programme [PDF] for Gesoriacum/Bononia, between land and sea, a conference taking place in Boulogne, 24th and 25th September. Andrew Richardson’s paper, ’The view from the bay: exchange, production and settlement at East Wear Bay, Folkestone, during the late Iron Age and Roman periods’ will undoubtedly include findings from new work at the villa. The East Wear Bay Archaeological Field School starts today!
Gesoriacum Bononia



Westgate Gardens

July 16th, 2015

Jake has just returned to the office after a busy week in the Westgate Gardens. He reports:

‘We had another fantastic community dig, based around Watling  Street as it runs through Westgate Gardens. More than 25 volunteers helped a small team from the Trust over the weekend, including our friends from Texas State University, as well as our metal-detecting colleagues. On Saturday morning we had a “Little Dig”, with 45 children taking part (with ages ranging from 2 to 10!) accompanied by 30 assorted parents, grandparents and carers.

Over the five days, which included the Westgate Parks Open Day on Saturday, we managed to talk to over 500 interested visitors to the dig.

Many more Roman coins, potsherds, tiles and other finds were recovered during this year’s excavation, and we now have a far clearer understanding of this late Iron Age fording point, early Romano-British occupation along Watling Street, and late Roman activity just outside the wall (built c 270–290). We have high hopes that post-excavation work in the coming months will bring this story to life in ever greater detail.’
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