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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.

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.

BOAT 1550BC: public lectures

August 14th, 2013

Next Thursday (22nd August) the first of a series of public lectures, all part of the BOAT 1550BC project, will take place in Dover. Here is the full programme:

All at 7pm in the Theatre, Dover Discovery Centre, Town Square, Dover CT16 1PB (except 1st November which will take place in Canterbury)

22 August 2013
An insider’s guide to ‘Beyond the Horizon’: the stories behind the objects: Andrew Richardson

19 September 2013
A Euroregion straddling the channel 3,500 years ago: the culture of La Manche: Rebecca Peake

08 October 2013
What about the Bronze Age in Flanders? An overview of convergences and divergences with England and Northern France: Jean Bourgeois

01 November 2013
Throwaway bronze? The curious practice of Bronze Age ‘hoards’: Anne Lehoerff
Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury (exact venue to be confirmed)

12 December 2013
Transmanche prehistory from the air: Paul Bennett

Float the Boat

August 12th, 2013

Thanks to 124 generous backers supporting ’Float the Boat’ via Kickstarter, £6,681 has been raised.  Now the hard work begins!

Open Day

July 30th, 2013

With just two weeks left on site, the team took some time out to talk about some of the exciting discoveries at Turing College.
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Payers Park, Folkestone

July 17th, 2013

Open Air Museum of the Everyday

20th – 28th July 2013

Archaeological dig for one week, exhibition in Quarterhouse foyer, live music and much, much more.

Click image for full poster [PDF]

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Open Day at Turing College: Thursday 25th July

July 15th, 2013

Plans are taking shape for the Open Day on Thursday, 25th July.

We will be open from 9.30 am until 4.30 pm, with the Lord Mayor officially opening proceedings at 10.30 am.

There will be displays of finds and an on-site team washing some of the masses of prehistoric pottery uncovered so far.

Throughout the day there will be regular tours of the excavations.  Come and meet the archaeologists and find out more about this great Iron Age site!


Entrance to the site is marked on the map (click to enlarge).  Head for Keynes College and follow the signs.  Car parking is at the Visitor’s car park on Giles Lane (10 minutes walk).
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Float the Dover Bronze Age Boat!

July 4th, 2013

We have re-launched our campaign via to raise funds to make the Dover Bronze Age boat replica seaworthy. Having learned a number of lessons from our earlier attempt, this time we are trying to raise a minimum of £5000 through Kickstarter. If we are successful we’ll combine that sum with whatever we can raise elsewhere to provide the funds to get the work done. And this time around we have the advantage of course that we have the replica in Dover, which will undoubtedly help drum up support.

So, have a look at the new project at and support it if you can.
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‘Beyond the Horizon’ comes to Dover

July 4th, 2013

The travelling exhibition, celebrating 20 years of  research which began with the discovery of the Bronze Age boat in Dover in 1992, opened at Dover Museum on Monday.

The culmination of the ‘BOAT 1550 BC’ project, the exhibition, entitled ‘Beyond the Horizon: Societies of the Channel and North Sea 3,500 Years Ago’,  explores cross channel links in the Bronze Age. Seven key themes are  explored, including the building of the boat, travel, crafts and beliefs and some wonderful Bronze Age treasures have been brought together for the exhibition.

At the centre of the exhibition is the original Bronze Age boat. The replica, made using the materials and techniques of 1550 BC is also on display. Imagine yourself at the tiller and take a look at our Kickstarter project!

The exhibition runs until 31st December.

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