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Great River Race

September 10th, 2015

After the thrill of completing London’s River Marathon last year, a crew is all set to make a second attempt on Sunday. Will they retain The Scarborough Trophy for Sporting Endeavour ?
Approaching Tower BridgeThrough DocklandsTowards Houses of Parliament
The race starts at Millwall Slipway at 10.45 am, with the first boats reaching Tower Bridge around 11.15. The following bridge timings are approximate. Millennium Bridge 11.20; Westminster Bridge 11.30; Lambeth Bridge 11.35; Battersea Bridge 11.50; Wandsworth Bridge 12.00; Putney Bridge 12.05; Hammersmith Bridge 12.20; Chiswick Pier 12.50; Kew Bridge 13.05; Richmond Bridge 13.35. Finish at Ham Riverside below Ham House, Richmond from 13.45.



From Woolcomber Street, Dover

September 7th, 2015

This lovely seventeenth-century ’Werra Ware’ plate was amongst the wealth of material recovered from one of the cess-pits in the North-west Area.  It hails from central Germany and bears the date 1614.

In his study of the pottery from Townwall Street, John Cotter noted an increase in imports of foreign pottery into the country between c 1550 and 1775 and a significant rise in ‘Dutch’ and German wares in Dover at that time no doubt reflected its port status. This dish falls right in the middle of that period.

Keith is sending regular updates on the progress of the excavation at Woolcomber Street.
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Bronze Age boat trips at Dover regatta

August 27th, 2015

Don’t forget that the rescheduled Dover Regatta takes place on Sunday (30th). Find the replica boat close to the Sea Sports Centre where you can book a trip around the harbour from 10.00 am until around 3.30 pm – wind and tides allowing!
Bronze Age boat trip



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



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