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Canterbury Christ Church University

February 20th, 2017

Uncovering the precinct wall Possible buttress Excavation underway
We have just begun a new investigation within the North Holmes Campus of Canterbury Christ Church University.

Initial evaluation was conducted last summer and the footings of the medieval abbey precinct wall were located. The present evaluation is intended to find out more about the site, based on the results of the earlier phase of work and other sites in the near vicinity. It is probable that further medieval activity, Anglo-Saxon craftworking remains and Bronze Age features will be identified.

The work is being funded by Canterbury Christ Church University ahead of the construction of the new Arts Building that is proposed for the site.

We will post more soon.

Last chance!

February 16th, 2017

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The month has gone all too quickly and this weekend will be the last for the community dig at St Peter’s Church in Sandwich.

We are holding an Open Day on Sunday (19th), so do come along and see what has been uncovered, talk to the archaeologists and members of the team and maybe get involved in some of the activities in the church.

New community project at Sandwich

January 24th, 2017

St Peter's Church, Sandwich
A community excavation began at St Peter’s Church in Sandwich on Sunday.

The project will uncover what remains the south aisle, which was demolished when the tower of the church fell in 1661. Read more about the project and its progress here.

Work continues each weekend until mid February.

A double act evening

January 23rd, 2017

Last Thursday was a busy evening for those keen to attend archaeology lectures in Canterbury.  Read all about it on CCCU’s Centre for Kent History and Heritage blog.

The next Friends’ lecture is on Saturday 25th February. Starting at 6 pm in Og46 Old Sessions House, this is traditionally something of an annual marathon. Trust Director, Paul Bennett will attempt to beat the clock and deliver an amply illustrated account of all the Trust’s various activities over the past year – before the caretaker arrives jingling his keys!

40 years opens in Maidstone

January 17th, 2017

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The exhibition ’40 years: Canterbury Archaeological Trust’ opened in Maidstone on Saturday and it’s looking grand in its new space. If you missed it at the Beaney in Canterbury here are details of opening hours and how to get to the Kent History and Library Centre.

Thanks to Enid Allison for the photos.

FCAT lecture: working with military veterans

January 12th, 2017

Army Veterans visit Hampton First Steps
Next Thursday, 19th January, Andrew Richardson will talk to the Friends on ‘Archaeology as therapy for military veterans’ and how some of our recent community archaeology projects have supported this initiative.

A group of army veterans joined the ‘A Town Unearthed’ dig at East Wear Bay in 2011, as part of Operation Nightingale. That scheme was set up to help rehabilitate injured soldiers recently returned from Afghanistan by getting them involved in field archaeology. Having made a connection, the Trust has continued to work locally with military veterans.

Andrew’s talk begins at 7pm at Canterbury Christ Church University (Newton NS06).  This is a Friends of Canterbury Archaeological Trust event, but guests are welcome. Donations at the door.

Digging for Britain

December 20th, 2016

Professor Alice Roberts
If you’ve been following the current season of ’Digging for Britain’ with Dr Alice Roberts be sure to tune in tonight to BBC Four.  You will see our own Andrew Richardson with Canterbury Museum’s Craig Bowen, talking to Alice about the Canterbury Pendant and telling an interesting Viking story.

You can catch up on all the episodes so far here on BBC iPlayer.

40 Years – on the move again

December 5th, 2016

The 40 Years exhibition will shortly leave Dover Museum and move on to the Kent History and Library Centre in Maidstone.  It will be on display there from Monday 9th January to Saturday 4th March.

The centre, a purpose built ‘house of history’, opened in April 2012 and is in James Whatman Way on the north side of the town, just off Royal Engineers Road.

Information on opening times will be posted soon.

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