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Canterbury in the Domesday Book

October 5th, 2017

Tim Tatton-Brown (Director of CAT, 1976-1985) will return to Canterbury on 27th October to give a lecture in memory of Alf Smyth, Professor of History at the University of Kent and early friend and supporter of the Trust.

‘Canterbury in the Domesday Book’ will take place in the Grimond Lecture Theatre 1 at the University of Kent at 6.00 pm. The event is hosted by the Canterbury branch of the Historical Association.

Put on your walking shoes

August 16th, 2017

Festival brochure
Members of the Friends will be leading walks every day of this year’s festival except for the first and last Saturdays. The walks not only offer fascinating insights into Canterbury’s past (for instance ‘Nooks and Crannies’ on the 25th October), but also range further afield to Faversham, the villages and the Channel coast. See the full list of FCAT walks here or in the Festival programme. Do book early to avoid disappointment – they almost always sell out!

Hippos at Herne Bay

July 25th, 2017

It’s true! What was at first thought to possibly be from a rhinoceros - which was exciting enough – has now been identified as hippopotamus. A shoulder blade and other fragments were found in gravel deposits on the former golf course site. The excavation there was visited recently by specialists from Royal Holloway, University of London.  Read the full story here.

Open Day: East Wear Bay

July 24th, 2017

As part of the Festival of Archaeology 2017, our field school and excavation at East Wear Bay will be open to visitors next Saturday (29 July) from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm.  For more events in the Council for British Archaeology’s festival see here. More about the East Wear Bay field school can be found here, where you will see that on a fine day (as Saturday will surely be) the site is spectacular. There might even be ice cream!

The Ian Coulson Annual Bursary

July 13th, 2017

Ian Coulson, A Town Unearthed 2011
Congratulations to St John’s Catholic Comprehensive School, Gravesend for being awarded the first Ian Coulson Bursary for Local History/Archaeology in Kent schools (July 2017).

Full details and how to apply for this bursary can be found here.

Herne Bay golf course

July 4th, 2017

Drone photo: Nathan Ellis
Here is a drone photo of Herne Bay Area C, showing a wide hollow way flanked by boundary ditches.

The hollow way is ancient, perhaps dating from the late Iron Age into the Roman period. The route way may have continued in use into the medieval period, the date of the flanking boundary ditches.

We have been working at Herne Bay on and off since June last year. There have been some very interesting findings which we will bring to you soon.

Congratulations Mr Bennett!

June 21st, 2017

Professor P Bennett MBE
A nice surprise for everyone at the Trust this last weekend, and news flew around the airwaves fast.  Our own Mr Bennett (or more properly, Professor Bennett) was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for ‘Services to Archaeology’. Congratulations have been pouring in from far and wide. Just to keep his feet on the ground, we’ve found just a few of his ‘best moments’ from a lifetime in archaeology at home and abroad. Well done Paul!
Sid Khrebish 1972-3, centre with dog!Canterbury 1979Cricketer by L Sartin
Buckland Cemetery 1994LibyaCathedral transept vaulting

Death as a process

June 20th, 2017

A special delivery arrived recently.  Jake Weekes received advance copies of this book, co-edited with John Pearce of King’s College London.

The study of funerary practice has become one of the most exciting and rapidly developing areas of Roman archaeology in recent decades. This collection of papers draws on large-scale fieldwork from across Europe, methodological advances and conceptual innovations to explore new insights from analysis of the Roman dead, concerning both the rituals which saw them to their tombs and the communities who buried them.

Included within is Jake’s own chapter on the funerary archaeology at St Dunstan’s Terrace, Canterbury, a site investigated by the Trust in 2001 under the supervision of Mick Diack. The book is published and distributed by Oxbow Books.

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