Illuminating the past – Enhancing the present – Inspiring the future

An excavation on the playing fields of St Edmund’s School on St Thomas’s Hill to the north-west of Canterbury has uncovered rather more than was expected.

An Iron Age settlement has been discovered beneath grass playing fields about to become astroturf pitches.  Many shallow features were first exposed in a ‘strip and map’ operation and are now being excavated and recorded.  Pits, a ditch and many post-holes, belonging to timber buildings, might all be part of a hilltop settlement similar to one excavated by the Trust at Highstead in the 1970s.

Plan of the excavationPanoramic viewPlant machinery on site