Illuminating the past – Enhancing the present – Inspiring the future

From stage to screen

March 4th, 2011

On the subject of  Canterbury’s Roman theatre stage, Trust Director Paul Bennett was interviewed by Meridian TV on Friday about the discovery. The reporter could not have chosen a better person to explain the significance; Paul is not only an acknowledged expert on such matters, he’s also an old hand at performing in front of the camera – who needs Tony Robinson!

Not quite the final act!

February 25th, 2011

Shoppers in Canterbury may have noticed that workmen digging a trench near the Three Tuns pub in Castle Street suddenly downed tools the other day. That’s because they had uncovered what we think is part of the stage belonging to the Roman theatre.

As the Investigating Authority for the Canterbury Area of Archaeological Importance the Trust was called in by the city council, for whom the work was being done. We will now take detailed recordings of the masonry and add the information to our already extensive map of Roman Canterbury. The remains will then be more thoroughly investigated before being preserved in situ. As to the water pipe for which the trench was intended…that will almost certainly have to go somewhere else.

A new job begins

February 20th, 2011

In the next few days we will begin work on a new project in Canterbury. The site falls between St George’s Place and Dover Street. We’ll be reporting on progress as it happens so check back regularly.

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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