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Boating anyone?

May 11th, 2015

Come and have a paddle of our Bronze Age replica boat at the Dover Marina Open Day next Saturday (16th May).  The event is taking place on the Crosswall Quay from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm  with water displays, exhibitions, local food stalls and trips round the harbour.

This is our crew on a sea voyage between Folkestone and Dover, but you’ll find us on Saturday in the safe waters of Wellington Dock!
Folkestone to Dover sea voyage

Westgate Parks Remembered

May 7th, 2015

Tomorrow! Friday 8th May 7.15pm-8.30pm

Watch old footage of the Westgate Parks and surrounding area in the comfort of the Powell Lecture Theatre, Canterbury Christ Church University.

Introductory talk by our own Jake Weekes followed by footage compiled by Tim Jones from Canterbury Christ Church University featuring material shot in the 1930s by Sydney Bligh and John Vissenga.

Free event – No need to book.  Donations to the Friends of Westgate Parks.

Fantastic training opportunity

May 6th, 2015

Archaeological training bursary:
Folkestone, 20 July to 15 August 2015 

Are you aged between 16-24 years? Do you live in either Shepway or Dover District? Are you interested in archaeology? Would you like to add something extra special to your CV? If you can answer ‘yes’ to all these questions, then you can apply for up to four weeks of FREE training, led by Canterbury Archaeological Trust.

The East Wear Bay Archaeological Field School offers high quality, comprehensive, archaeological field training. It is suitable for a wide range for people, from those wishing to start or develop a career in archaeology, to those who want to pursue archaeology as a hobby, or who just want to try new experiences or develop new skill sets. No previous experience is required. The Field School is directed by Canterbury Archaeological Trust (CAT), a registered charity, with voluntary support from members of the Folkestone Research & Archaeological Group, Folkestone People’s History Centre, Dover Archaeological Group and Kent Archaeological Society. Training is provided by experienced archaeologists drawn from CAT’s professional team.

Fees for taking part in the field school normally range from £45 per day. However, with the generous support of the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust and the Up on the Downs Landscape Partnership Scheme, we are able to offer ten free places per week to young people (aged 16-24) who are resident in Shepway or Dover Districts. If you would like to apply for this, simply send a short written statement, explaining why you would like to do the training and giving your name, address, date of birth and preferred dates for attending, either by post or email to:

Dr Andrew Richardson
Canterbury Archaeological Trust, 92a Broad Street, Canterbury CT1 2LU

The closing date for applications is 4pm on Monday 15 June 2015.

Applicants are welcome to apply for up to four weeks of training, but if demand is high then we may have to allocate people one, two or three week slots. However, all successful applicants will receive a minimum of six days training. In addition, all successful applicants will receive their own trowel (essential for any budding archaeologist), hi-vis vest, pair of safety boots and archaeological skills passport (in which to record the skills learnt). These will be yours to keep at the end of your training. We can also provide a packed lunch every day for those who want them, all free of charge!

Successful applicants will be asked to commit to completing their allotted training days and to provide a short piece of work on their experience that we can share as part of the project. This should include a written or verbal statement about what you got from the experience.

Full details about the East Wear Bay field school and project can be found at:

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Origins of Folkestone

April 27th, 2015

If you want to learn more about the history of Folkestone, there’s a free talk next Thursday, 30th April starting at 7.30 pm.  Click on the poster for more details.
Public Talk

Nearly gone

April 22nd, 2015

Demolition is almost complete at the Peugeot Garage site on Rhodaus Town. Some great archaeology was recorded beneath the surrounding new buildings and the excavation team is looking forward to getting on site again soon.
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Canterbury’s Archaeology 2013–2014

April 21st, 2015

Our latest Annual Review arrived from the printer last week. Click on the images below to get a taster of what’s inside – ranging from Iron Age gold coins to five-toed chickens.

More details and buy via PayPal.
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Welcome back

April 20th, 2015

Monday morning and back to normal duties for three members of staff just returned from Kurdistan. Last week they were working in the Shanidar Cave in the Zagros Mountains in Iraq which recently made the news with the discovery of more Neanderthal remains.  Ross Lane said:

‘Last Monday I was shovelling backfill and breaking rocks with a sledgehammer in Shanidar cave revealing Ralph Solecki’s section edge where he had previously identified some Neanderthal remains and today I am tapping away at the computer writing sets for St Edmunds School 2012 excavation. Quite a contrast. Big rocks … ‘.

Meanwhile Hazel has been back watching boreholes and our Director, Paul Bennett, is trawling through a very long list of emails. Welcome home!
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Hazel sieving for artefacsPaul and Dr Lucy Farr recording Solecki sectionsThe rock breaking team

It was early one morning …

April 9th, 2015

… not quite as the sun was rising, because the clocks had changed. Easter weekend was a little dull and dank in Dover, but that didn’t deter the crew from taking the boat out for a short early morning jaunt across Dover harbour. They proved that their rowing muscles were still there – if a little out of condition – and that ‘Ole Crumlin Pedersen’ had weathered the winter well.
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