Illuminating the past – Enhancing the present – Inspiring the future

Well done Peter!

February 18th, 2011

Deputy Director Peter Clark gave an excellent presentation at the University of Kent, Canterbury, last night on the Dover Bronze Age Boat reconstruction project – Boat 1550 BC. If all goes well – and the money comes through – then later this year work will start on the 1.9m Euro international project, led by Canterbury Archaeological Trust and the University of Lille 3.

Pete, and all of us at the Trust, can’t wait to get stuck in. It’s going to be a fantastic project and will advance our knowledge of Bronze Age society, technology and maritime contact in the Transmanche region.

If you haven’t seen the boat then make an effort to get down to Dover museum, it really is a spectacular sight. If such a visit isn’t an option then don’t miss the coming week’s episode of the BBC 2 series ‘A History of Ancient Britain’, broadcast on Wednesday at 9.00 pm.
Dover Bronze Age boat



A really big thank you!

February 18th, 2011

As we launch the site it seems apposite to publicly recognise the hard work put in by Trust staff members: Jane Elder, Mark Duncan, Marion Green and Jake Weekes. A big thanks should also go to our web consultant Nick Weekes – we got there in the end!

John Hammond



Hello world

February 18th, 2011

Welcome to the Canterbury Archaeological Trust’s first blog, an integral part of our new website. We’ve spent the past few months beavering away behind the scenes enhancing our web presence and we hope you like the results. This is only the beginning; we have many more exciting additions to the site which will be rolling out during the rest of 2011.

For instance, very soon in the Research and Reports section you will be able to view an interactive map of Kent showing places where the Trust has undertaken archaeological investigations. If all works as it should, clicking on any one of these locations will immediately take you to a pdf of any report that may be available for that site.

In the news centre we have a series of project diaries which provide up-to-the-minute information about past and present  investigations. Very shortly we will be posting one about the work now being carried out off St Dunstan’s Street, on the corner of Station Road West.

This is a really interesting site, being just outside the city walls on the line of the old Roman road. Not unsurprisingly, we are encountering quite a few burials, but perhaps just as fascinating is that we have located the foundations of a long-lost synagogue.

Included here is a photograph sent to us by Clive Raines whose property overlooks the site.
Station Road West



Campaign to save Canterbury’s Roman Museum

January 21st, 2010

VIDEO: Roman Museum, Canterbury, and Democracy at work



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