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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.
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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

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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