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Metal finds: their identification and care

November 4th, 2013

We are still taking bookings for our course ‘Metal finds: their identification and care’, which is being taught by Andrew Richardson this Saturday at 92a Broad Street.
Visit the CATcourses page for full details and how to book.
Metal object



Throwaway bronze?

October 31st, 2013

Professor Anne Lehoërff  will be giving a public lecture on Friday 1st November ‘Throwaway bronze? The curious practice of Bronze Age Hoards’ at 19:00 at Og46 – Michael Berry Lecture Theatre, Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Road Campus, Old Sessions House, Longport, Canterbury, Kent CT1 1QU. Everybody is welcome. Professor Lehoërff is head of the archaeological metallurgy laboratory at the University of Lille 3 and a leading expert on the metalwork of European Prehistory. The lecture will be delivered in English.

Throwaway bronze?
The curious practice of Bronze Age Hoards

At the start of the Bronze Age in around 2,200 BC, bronze metallurgy (an alloy of copper and tin) appeared in Europe. Along with the emergence of highly technical craftsmanship, a wide variety of objects were made over thousands of kilometres. Archaeologists are beginning to understand with some precision the methods of making these objects from all walks of life, from the everyday to the exceptional. At the same time, over and above traces of the manufacturing process, it is finished objects that are most often found. Furthermore, these objects are deposited in specific contexts; in burials and in ‘hoards’ rather than being recycled as this material allows. If assemblages of finds from funerary contexts are commonplace in other cultures, the deliberate abandonment of complete or broken objects is a unique attribute of societies in the European Bronze Age. These hoards, identified since the birth of archaeology in the 19th century, have fuelled much debate. This presentation, illustrated by the famous hoards of Europe and of England, will set out an overview of the theories put forward over nearly two centuries and thereby approach a new perspective on the oral societies of the past some 3–4,000 years ago.
Throwaway bronze?



Roman Pottery in East Kent

October 31st, 2013

We are still taking bookings for our course ‘Roman Pottery in East Kent’, which is being taught by our resident specialist Andy Savage this Saturday at 92a Broad Street.
Visit http://www.canterburytrust.co.uk/community_archaeology/catcourses/ for full details and how to book.
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Another day on the water

September 10th, 2013

The day after the launch…
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For lots more photos and videos visit our Flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/doverboat/



Launch Day, Saturday 7th September 2013

September 10th, 2013

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Launching on Saturday!

September 5th, 2013

Yes. the replica of the Bronze Age boat does indeed float, and what a beautiful vessel she is on the water!

These trials established that she is seaworthy, so if you are free either Saturday morning or any time Sunday, why not come down to Dover Harbour this weekend and see her for yourself?

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Yesterday Today: Bronze Age Connections in a Modern World

August 28th, 2013

International Conference, Dover,
18th–20th October 2013

21 years after the excavation of the Dover Bronze Age Boat, commercial archaeology on both sides of the channel, complemented by exciting new academic research programmes, has produced a mass of new data and new insights into the maritime connections between communities living in the Transmanche zone during prehistory. This story, highlighting the common cultural heritage of peoples now separated by physical, national and linguistic divisions is not as well known as it deserves. How might this new knowledge be best shared with people young and old so that they may be aware of and engage in the latest research in a meaningful way?

Eighteen eminent speakers from western Europe have agreed to lecture at this international conference on a magnificent programme of specialist topics, which sets out to present the latest research into the archaeology of the maritime connections of the Transmanche zone during the Bronze Age (and beyond) and to explore the best ways by which this new knowledge might be shared with the broadest possible audience.

The conference forms part of the European Interreg IVa “Two Seas” project, ‘BOAT 1550 BC’, and is being organised in collaboration with the Dover Bronze Age Boat Trust. It will take place in Dover on 18th–20th October 2013 on the occasion of the visit of the travelling exhibition ‘Beyond the Horizon: Societies of the Channel and North Sea 3,550 Years ago’ to UK shores, where it will be open to the public in Dover Museum alongside the original Dover Bronze Age boat, symbol par excellence of these ancient maritime connections.
Yesterday Today poster
Practical Information

The conference will commence at 13:00 on Friday 18th October and end at 12:45 on Sunday 20th October and will be held at Dover Harbour Board’s magnificent Cruise Terminal 2. The Conference itself will be free of charge; lunch will be available to pre-book at £6.95 per head and there will also be a cash bar available for soft drinks. An optional and informal Conference dinner will take place in the splendid surroundings of the early 13th century Stone Hall at the Maison Dieu on the evening of Friday 18th October at £22.00 per head and there will also be a free drinks reception in the Dover Bronze Age Boat Gallery at the Dover Museum on the evening of Saturday 19th October.

Places for the conference, dinner and reception are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Free admittance to the Dover Bronze Age Boat Gallery and Museum will be available to all delegates throughout the conference weekend. It is very much hoped that if you attend just one conference this year, that it be this one and so we very much look forward to the opportunity of welcoming you to Dover later on this year.

BOAT 1550 BC website | Conference | Programme | Speakers | Registration | Town map

For more information please contact Denise Payne, Conference Co-ordinator
at bronzeageboat@btopenworld.com



Lyminge 2013

August 14th, 2013

This summer’s season at Lyminge is now well underway and an Open Day is taking place this coming Saturday.  Click here and follow the links to find out more about it and read about the excavation of this wonderful Anglo-Saxon site.

http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/lyminge/2013/08/12/join-us-on-our-open-day-this-saturday/

The project is run by the University of Reading, and this is the second year that we have been actively involved on site, with our own Keith Parfitt and Andy Macintosh lending their expertise and helping train the next generation of archaeologists.



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