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Westgate Parks Community Dig

Here are some photos of the community excavation in Westgate Gardens over the August Bank Holiday weekend.  The weather was good for three days, but work had to be called off on Monday in the face of some extreme Bank Holiday conditions!

The dig was still extremely successful with over 600 people stopping to watch over the three days. The team was made up of over 60 volunteers who between them uncovered the flint surface of Roman Watling Street just outside the site of London Gate in the Roman town wall. Coins found in soils that built up over the road suggest that the road and gate might have gone out of use in the fourth century.  Lots of Roman tile and pottery was recovered; some was washed and displayed on site, more remains to be cleaned and dated. The 30 Roman coins will be cleaned and dated by the Trust’s coin expert.

The community dig, which will continue next summer, is part of Canterbury City Council’s HLF and Big Lottery funded Westgate Parks project.
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