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Transmanche prehistory from the air

December 5th, 2013

The final public lecture in the series as part of BOAT1550 BC takes place on Thursday 12th December, at 7pm in Dover Museum’s Education Room. It will now be by John Hammond, rather than Paul Bennett as advertised. John’s doctoral thesis was on cross-channel contact in the Bronze Age so it should be interesting to hear his take on ‘Transmanche prehistory from the air’.

Hope to see you there!
Transmanche prehistory from the air



First steps in archaeology

November 25th, 2013

Spaces still available on our second ‘First steps in archaeology’ course, which is being taught by Andrew Richardson and John Hammond on Saturday 11th January 2014 at 92a Broad Street.
Visit the CATcourses page for full details and how to book.
Digger and digger TMSEX12



Folkestone Book Festival: launch of ‘Folkestone to 1500: A Town Unearthed’

November 14th, 2013

Keith Parfitt, Andrew Richardson (Canterbury Archaeological Trust) and Lesley Hardy (Canterbury Christ Church University) will outline some the most important findings of the ‘A Town Unearthed’ project at a special event at Folkestone Book Festival on Sunday 24th November.

The three year community project is now complete. Folkestone to 1500: A Town Unearthed provides an illustrated summary of the history of the town from earliest times to the 1500s and beyond.

The talk, at Folkestone Library (2 Grace Street, CT20 1HD), starts at 2.30 pm.

Tickets £6.50 (£3.00 concessions) from www.folkestonebookfest.com or Quarterhouse Box Office, Quarterhouse, Mill bay, Folkestone, Kent CT20 1BN.

Telephone 01303 858500

Copies of the book (£14.99) will be on sale.
Folkestone to 1500: A Town Unearthed



First steps in archaeology

November 13th, 2013

We are still taking bookings for our course ‘First steps in archaeology’, which is being taught by Andrew Richardson and John Hammond on Saturday 23rd Novenber at 92a Broad Street.
Visit the CATcourses page for full details and how to book.
Digger and digger TMSEX12



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.
Roman pottery



Another day on the water

September 10th, 2013

The day after the launch…
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