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We are very pleased to announce that late last week, officers from Kent Police, accompanied by members of staff from Canterbury Archaeological Trust, recovered a large quantity of stolen artefacts and other items from a derelict property on Military Road, Canterbury. Most, if not all, of the estimated 2000 archaeological finds stolen from our Kingsmead store in January were recovered. Thankfully, most, including over 800 Anglo-Saxon glass beads, were recovered in their labelled bags, meaning they can be easily re-archived.

The Trustees, staff and volunteers of Canterbury Archaeological Trust would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to Kent Police for taking the necessary action to recover these irreplaceable pieces of the city and county’s heritage.
Recovered goods
A small number of items from our educational loans collection were also recovered, but the majority of the valuable replica items taken from this collection were not found at the property and remain missing. These include a number of replica Bronze Axe axe-heads and replica Beaker pots. If anyone does have any information about the people responsible for these thefts, or about any of the missing items, please contact Kent Police or Canterbury Archaeological Trust.

Sadly we have to report a series of break-ins and thefts from our main archive at Kingsmead in Canterbury. Apart from causing considerable damage and chaos, the thieves took over 850 Anglo-Saxon glass beads, large quantities of coins and metal artefacts, and an assortment of bone objects. They ransacked our educational loans collection, disturbing 90% of the 200 loan boxes, and stealing replica metal axes, pins, coins and other items, including a plaster bust of Queen Victoria – not valuable, but very identifiable. They also stole tools and equipment. Please spread the word, and look out for any of these items being offered for sale. Andrew Richardson will be happy to hear from anyone with any information.
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Ransacked Education Store Replica Bronze Age axe Replica Roman glass flagon
Since news of the thefts hit the media last week we have been overwhelmed with messages of support. One supporter has set up a fundraising page to help to at least replace some of the tools lost in the raid. We are very grateful to her and, of course, to all those who have donated so far. Thank you.