The Roman period has captured the imagination of people for centuries. Roman art, writing, and physical remains have been studied by people across Europe, and beyond, since the collapse of the Western Empire in AD 476. We know a lot about the Roman period from writings at the time, however, these are often vague and concerned with the politics of the day. Archaeology has been able to fill in some of these gaps and we are discovering new information all the time.
Roman Kent is especially interesting because it has the earliest evidence of British contact with the Roman Empire. From this early contact the Kent coast was used as the landing point for Caesar's army in 55BC, and possibly again in 43AD, and remained an important area until the army left from Richborough in 425AD.
CAT Projects and discoveries
Over the years CAT have excavated many Roman sites across the city of Canterbury. The archaeology can be up to 2 metres below the modern day ground level in the city centre.