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Visions of the Past: Kent and its Antiquarians

October 29th, 2012

Free Day Conference and Public Forum: 3rd November 2012
University Centre, Folkestone
Speakers: Lesley Hardy, Lorraine Flisher and Iain Neilson

Kent, with its rich and diverse history, has for hundreds of years been at the forefront of the study and understanding of the ancient past in Britain.

This day conference and forum opens up the work of early pioneers in archaeology and history, antiquarians such as John Leland who identified ‘Briton Brykes’ at Folkestone, the Rev Bryan Faussett who saved Anglo Saxon archaeology from destruction and Charles Roach Smith, rescuer of Roman London and founder in 1844 of the British Archaeological Association in Canterbury.

Join us for some fascinating talks and forum discussion and learn more about Kent, its history, archaeology and the men and women who have discovered it, fought for it and preserved it.

This day conference is free to all and is part of the A Town Unearthed: Folkestone Before 1500, project.

To book your place on-line go to:
or phone 01227 863451 (Mon-Friday 9.30 – 2.30pm). Further details.

Lyminge Archaeological Project

August 23rd, 2012

The project blog records that our Little Dig, supervised by Andy Macintosh and Annie Partridge, was busy at the Open Day. Read all about it here and more about the last days of the project.

Lyminge Archaeological Project: Open Day

August 15th, 2012

The Lyminge Archaeological Project is holding an Open Day on Saturday, 18th August.  The site opens at 10 am and site tours will take place at 11 am, 1 pm and 3 pm.  There will be flint knapping demonstrations at 12 pm and 2 pm and Regia Anglorum re-enactments at 12 pm and 2 pm.  Throughout the day there will be activities for young and old, including the Little Dig, Wheelie Bin stratigraphy, dressing up, I-Spy at the dig, an art competition and a book stall.  There will also be displays of finds from the dig so far and finds washing and sorting going on all day.

Come and join in!

Kon’nichiwa to archaeologists from Japan

August 8th, 2012

Katsuyuki Okamura (Archaeologist with Osaka City Cultural Properties Association) and Yoshio Negita (Chief Archaeologist with the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Tokyo) met up with Marion at CAT to discuss what we do to promote Archaeology in formal and public education arenas.

They were both very keen on the CAT KIT and using archaeological finds in this way and many photos were taken. It was a great opportunity again to spread the word about CAT’s work and educational activities. Katsuyuki said, ‘We have learned a lot about how we should manage archaeology and present it to the public… It encourages me to learn more about ‘Archaeology and Education’ ’.

In exchange for our hospitality I was given a Japanese tea ceremony cloth and a bamboo fan – and I’m now known by these colleagues as Marion-san. I like it!
Japanese archaeologists at the Trust's office

Exhibition at Maidstone Museum

July 26th, 2012

We have been working with the Kent Archaeological Society to mount an exhibition in Maidstone Museum for the Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology fortnight, July 14th to 29th 2012.

The exhibition will now run beyond this period until September.

Themes illustrated are the current Boat 1550 BC project (Dover Bronze Age boat), the Archaeology in Education Service (both of which are supported by the KAS), Volunteering and the Community Archaeology projects, CSI:Sittingbourne and A Town Unearthed, Folkestone before 1500.

Displays include finds, reconstructions, replicas and photographs and will reflect our successful work in the community.

The exhibition is funded by Kent Archaeological Society.
Exhibition in Maidstone Museum

Working with the Historical Association

July 23rd, 2012

CAT Education Service and Canterbury Cathedral Library have recently supported a partnership project where English Heritage and the Historical Association worked with Canterbury secondary schools investigating local sites.  Our role was to illustrate through various hands on activities, a range of sources available to students and teachers to help them investigate the past.

CAT’s resources for schools are publicised on the Historical Association website at

Visit from Estonia

July 17th, 2012

CAT has been visited by an Estonian teacher keen to see to what extent and how we use Archaeology in our English school curriculum.  Liia Vijand teaches History in a secondary school in a small town in southern Estonia and is currently undertaking PhD research in the value of increasing engagement in Archaeology at both primary and secondary levels.

Liia spent a few days in south-east England seeing sites, finding out about the CAT Education Service and talking to others in the field. She was very enthused by our CAT KITs and web materials and we spent a lot of time discussing the many benefits of hands-on learning and using real archaeological material with young people of differing ability.

She later emailed saying, ‘I really enjoyed time in the south… I am very happy that I met all those wonderful people and saw amazing nature, heritage sites, one of the best trips I’ve done. And I got ideas and feeling that I am not alone! Thank you for that!’

Sounds pretty good to me and I hope that Liia will keep us updated with her research when she is back in Estonia.  It would be great to hear of kits being used out there!

St Edmund’s School

June 21st, 2012

An excavation on the playing fields of St Edmund’s School on St Thomas’s Hill to the north-west of Canterbury has uncovered rather more than was expected.

An Iron Age settlement has been discovered beneath grass playing fields about to become astroturf pitches.  Many shallow features were first exposed in a ‘strip and map’ operation and are now being excavated and recorded.  Pits, a ditch and many post-holes, belonging to timber buildings, might all be part of a hilltop settlement similar to one excavated by the Trust at Highstead in the 1970s.

Plan of the excavationPanoramic viewPlant machinery on site

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