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Spring clean

April 9th, 2014

The replica Dover boatThe replica Dover boat has been sitting happily in Dover Marina since October, riding out the winter. Last week we fished her out for a spring clean and a bit of TLC. She’s now been cleaned up and her seams made good, ready for an active year ahead. Hopefully she’ll be going back into the water very soon and we’ll bring you some photos of her in her newly cleaned state then. We have big plans for her this year, so watch this space…

Twenty Roman burials

March 24th, 2014

Rhodaus Town burialAn excavation at Rhodaus Town has just finished. Some remarkable features were excavated including late Roman burials accompanied by an exceptional number of pottery vessels and other personal objects. We will post more as the story unfolds …

… a bit like buses

March 12th, 2014

It’s usually the fieldwork side of our activites that provides the news, but all the time in the background people are working on the post-excavation side of things. And every now and then it all comes together and something is published. I don’t think it’s ever happened that TWO publications have arrived from the printer at the same time.  Today we welcomed the arrival of our new look Annual Review and also the ninth of  our Occasional Papers, the snappily-titled Prehistoric and Anglo-Saxon Discoveries on the East Kent Chalklands – investigations along the Whitfield-Eastry by-pass 1991-1996!

Canterbury's Archaeology 2012-2013Whitfield-Eastry

Back to the future?

March 7th, 2014

A small excavation team has just moved off site in the Marlowe Arcade after a very interesting excavation. Those with long memories might be wondering whether there could possibly be any archaeology left to excavate below the arcade, the whole area having been excavated by us between 1977 and 1982, and before that by Professor Frere in his post-war excavations.  But there was!

A glimpse of Iron Age Canterbury A glimpse of Iron Age CanterburyA glimpse of Iron Age Canterbury

Primark is to move into the BHS store and is putting in new lifts and escalators.  In two deep trenches dug ahead of these our team was able to go down to the  levels previously recorded and then further to trace more of one of the Iron Age ditches recorded in the earlier excavations.  Glimpses of pre Roman Canterbury are rare and so the findings from this latest work are particularly rewarding.

More info soon …

First Steps in Archaeology

March 3rd, 2014

TrenchSpaces still available for ‘First Steps in Archaeology’, which is being taught by Andrew Richardson and John Hammond
on Saturday 15th March 2014 at 92a Broad Street.
Visit the CATcourses page for full details and how to book.

CATcourses – new programme

March 3rd, 2014

As our first programme draws to a close we are finalising details of new courses to start in September this year. Watch this space …

Boat 1550BC goes to Rome

February 26th, 2014

International Study DaytranspntDeputy Director, Peter Clark is to speak on the Dover Bronze Age boat at an international study day at the French School in Rome on 20th March.

It used to be that not much more was known about Bronze Age boats than could be gleaned from the rock carvings of Northern Europe. Then came early discoveries of very poorly preserved sewn plank boats, such as at Ferriby in Yorkshire, and a number of Bronze Age wrecks found on eastern shores of the Meditertanean.

The discovery of the boat in Dover in 1992, another in Marseille in 1993, others in Spain, a late Bronze Age wreck in Istria and nearly a dozen more ancient Greek shipwrecks has changed all that. The ‘Journée d’Étude’ in Rome  will explore the maritime archaeology of the Bronze Age and the Archaic period in Northern Europe, the Western Mediterranean and the Adriatic.

South Foreland Lighthouse

February 24th, 2014

South Foreland LighthousetranspntWe’re pleased to announce that we will be working with National Trust staff and volunteers over the next two years on a Conservation Management Plan for South Foreland Lighthouse. This is funded by the HLF via the Up on the Downs Landscape Partnership Scheme. As the project unfolds we will post information on how to get involved. Keep an eye on our Community pages.
In the meantime go to the National Trust website for a wealth of information about one of the most important lighthouses in Britain.

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Useful links:

Boat 1550 BC
Ename Heritage Centre
CSI: Sittingbourne
Dover Harbour Board
The Historical Association
The Festival of British Archaeology
Maidstone Museum
Canterbury Heritage Museum
Sidney Cooper Gallery
A Town Unearthed: Earth and Vision
Folkestone Library
Beads, Boats and Flowerbeds
Kent Archaeological Society
White Cliffs Countryside Partnership
Wye Rural Museum Trust
Canterbury Climate & Fair Trade Market