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Work begins at Slatters Hotel
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At last we are on site at Slatters Hotel in St Margaret’s Street - the beginning of a 6-month excavation in a part of Canterbury known to be packed with archaeology. Back in 1982, during the excavation beneath the present Marlowe Arcade, a small trench was excavated in the adjacent Slatters Hotel yard. Traces of the Iron Age, Roman, Anglo-Saxon and medieval […]


Herne Bay golf course
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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 […]


Meopham School

Meopham School A six-week excavation during August and September 2016 at Meopham School revealed that the site had been the focus for settlement activity for over 6,000 years. The school is situated on a ridgeway, just west of the A227 which itself follows an earlier Roman road, and in an area of known archaeological importance. […]


Folkestone villa front
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This reconstruction of the Roman villa found at Folkestone’s East Cliff was made in 2012. It shows the front of the villa with its gardens, facing the sea. You could have walked through the main entrance, across the passage and into the dining room with its mosaic floor. Archaeologists excavated the villa site in 1924, […]


Folkestone sea view
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This reconstruction of the Roman villa found at Folkestone’s East Cliff was made in 2012. Archaeologists excavated the villa site in 1924, 1989 and were there again in 2010 and 2011. They found remains from Roman and Iron Age times. The villa had lots of rooms and was built with stone, clay bricks and tiles. […]


How did they build a prehistoric round house?

How did they build a prehistoric round-house? A wooden round-house in Iron Age Britain probably looked much the same as a round-house in the Bronze Age. Archaeologists usually have little evidence to work with as the organic materials used in each case have usually rotted away in the ground long before archaeologists come along. Most […]


Open Day at East Wear Bay
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We’ve almost reached ‘half term’ at the East Wear Bay field school, with two more weeks to go.  Visitors are always welcome, and on Wednesday 3rd August we will be holding an Open Day, so please do come along and see how we’ve been getting on. Our students and volunteers have been busy uncovering more of […]


Huts, houses and hot baths

This is a reconstruction of how Folkestone’s East Cliff may have looked in the Late Iron Age, before the Roman conquest of southern Britain in AD 43. The picture is based on evidence from excavations. There was at least one ‘round house’ and a very simple work shop on the cliff top where stone querns […]


Folkestone’s East Wear Bay, then and now

This photograph was taken in 2010. You are looking from Copt Point (where there is a pitch and putt course) over to Folkestone’s East Cliff and East Wear Bay below. This area is also known as the Warren. This place is important because of its history. There is a Roman villa buried on the cliff […]


Not just a pair of socks
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If you’re stuck for ideas for Christmas presents, consider buying someone an experience with Canterbury Archaeological Trust. We offer one-day experiences next summer on the Iron Age and Roman site at East Wear Bay, Folkestone, from £65, or bookings of one to four weeks on-site training from £30-£40 per day (depending on how many weeks you […]